POLICE: Target secret peeping suspect faces additional charges

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – A man arrested and charged with felony secret peeping after a customer at a retail store recorded him putting his phone on the ground under a woman’s skirt is facing additional charges.

Greenville police say Thomas Elliott is facing two additional charges for felony secret peeping at Target. This comes after a review of the Greenville store’s security footage.

The 21-year-old was arrested Monday after a woman recorded him putting his phone on the ground under another woman’s skirt, according to police. The customer posted her video on social media, where it’s been widely shared.

According to police, he was picked up in his hometown by the Clayton Police Department and booked in the Johnston County Detention Center under a $20,000 secured bond Tuesday.

Johnston County Detention Center said Elliott bonded out Tuesday evening.

WITN spoke with the victim Tuesday. She said she decided to share her experience hoping to bring light to a dangerous trend, so others know what to do if caught in this situation.

“No matter how much you try to think you’re going to be prepared for it, it kind of throws you threw a loop when it actually happens,” the woman said.

A Pitt County School spokesman says Elliott was a volunteer at Eastern Elementary School in Greenville.

“We are disturbed and deeply concerned by video footage of the individual that has been shared on social media and news outlets, and based on the footage, the individual will not be returning to our campuses as a volunteer or hired as an employee,” said Tom McClellan, school system spokesman.

Opendoor Church in Winterville also provided a statement to WITN saying, “Thomas Elliott was immediately terminated upon notification of his arrest on Monday.” The church did not provide details on what exactly he did there.

Elliott’s phone was seized by officers. According to police, detectives have not found any evidence of inappropriate contact with children as of yet.

Police say Target is fully cooperating with the ongoing investigation.

Anyone who was in Target mid-morning Monday and thinks they may have been in contact or nearby Elliott are asked to contact Detective Verdin with Greenville Police Department at (252)329-3399.

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