SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA) - Takoma Park Police announced the arrest of a man who had been 'up-skirting' or videotaping up women's skirts at or near the Takoma Park Metro station.
Tapha Masai Nyang, 26, of Silver Spring, was arrested after August and September reports by women complaining that a suspect had been videotaping up their skirts with his cell phone.
On August 15, 2012, at approximately 5:43 p.m., police responded to the 6800 block of Eastern Avenue for a report by a victim who said that while she was outside, a man approached her asking for directions to College Park. The victim recognized the man as the same person who approached her the previous day, between 7:15-7:45 p.m., at the Takoma metro station platform, also requesting directions. She said that the suspect's actions were odd on both days, as he kept brushing his backpack against her leg.
She tried to put distance between herself and the suspect, but he continued his actions. During the encounter on August 14, the victim said even after she boarded the Metro, the suspect continued to follow her, but stayed on the train when she left at her stop.
The following day, the suspect acknowledged having run into the victim the previous day. The suspect again began asking for directions, and again stayed close to her with his backpack, brushing it against her leg. The victim noticed that the suspect 's cell phone was recording underneath her skirt, through a hole in his backpack. She tried to take the backpack from the suspect and it ripped. The suspect picked up the backpack and cell phone and fled on foot on Eastern Avenue towards New Hampshire Avenue.
The victim notified police.
On September 4, 2012, Takoma Park Police received a call about a suspicious black male carrying a black backpack and asking questions about directions to College Park. The description of the suspect by the victim matched previous calls for an individual videotaping up women's' skirts. The Metropolitan Police Department and the Takoma Park Police Department officers located him at the Takoma Metro Station by the bus stop. One of the victims positively identified Nyang as the person who previously approached her with the same method of operation of videotaping up skirts.
Police believe that there are other possible victims, including some minors, and would like to hear from anyone who may have had a similar encounter with this subject in the City of Takoma Park, Montgomery County or the District of Columbia.
Method of Operation: Nyang approaches his victims asking for directions, usually holding a folded map or bus timetable, or other papers, to draw attention away from him while he videotapes up victims' skirts.
Anyone with information about these crimes, or who may have been a victim is asked to call detectives at 301.891.7111 or the Takoma Park Police Department at 301.270.1100.