LAWRENCEVILLE -- A local department store manager was recently caught peeping at female customers, police said, removing ceiling tiles to look down on them as they tried on clothes.
David Ronald Williams, a 54-year-old manager at the Kohl's store on Collins Hill Road in Lawrenceville, was arrested last week and charged with two counts of peeping tom. According to incident reports filed by Lawrenceville police, he was caught in the act by a customer's 14-year-old daughter.
Authorities were called to the Kohl's location at about 6 p.m. Thursday. Upon arrival, they met the 34-year-old alleged victim, who told them she was in the juniors fitting room when her daughter said there was "someone up in the ceiling looking at us."
They both looked up and "saw a white male with gray hair and glasses with a grey or beige shirt ... and blue lanyard holding a name tag," according to the incident report. The man reportedly darted away after being seen.
The victim advised police she had seen "the manger (sic) go into a sealed room prior to seeing the male in the ceiling." She said she had asked to speak to a manager, but Williams told her he was the only one in the store.
After being called to the scene, a police officer confronted the manager, asking if he had been "in the storage room next to the juniors dressing room" and if he was "looking through the ceiling into the fitting room."
"Williams advised that he would never do anything like that and there (were) several males working in the store," the arresting officer wrote. "I asked Williams were the male(s) there now wearing the same thing he was and did they look just like him."
The officer noted missing ceiling tiles in both women's dressing rooms and the storage room in question.
Jail records show Williams was charged with two counts of misdemeanor peeping tom before being released on $2,600 bond.
Another manager at the Lawrenceville Kohl's store deferred comment to a corporate representative. That representative confirmed that Williams no longer works for Kohl's.
"A police investigation is under way into this matter," spokesperson Ale Owens said. "We are cooperating with the authorities leading the investigation."
Attempts to reach Williams were unsuccessful.
Lawrenceville Police Capt. Greg Vaughn said there was no indication how long Williams may have carried out his alleged actions. It was unclear how long Williams had worked at the store.
"I think he just happened to get caught that time," he said.