DULUTH -- Two men allegedly spent nearly an hour in the ceiling of a Duluth movie theater, looking down on a women's restroom before they came crashing through the tiles.
Eduard Alexander Kovynev, 25, of Suwanee, and Eduard Petrovich Kovynev, 26, of Rex, were arrested early Monday morning and charged with peeping tom, criminal damage to property and public drunkenness. Both posted $17,100 bond and were released the same day.
According to Gwinnett County incident reports, their saga began at Duluth's Venture Value Cinemas the night before. In those reports, an off-duty police officer working a side gig at the movie theater described hearing odd noises beginning at about 10:30 p.m., then, at about 11:20 p.m., a "loud crash (coming) from the women's bathroom area."
The Kovynevs -- cousins born about six months apart -- were spotted walking from the heavily damaged women's bathroom to the men's bathroom. They were detained.
"I observed significant damage in the women's restroom," the officer wrote. "The ceiling area over multiple stalls in the back left corner of the restroom had fallen down. The fall caused damage to the ceiling tiles, air vents, air ducts, metal rods and light fixtures in that area. I observed a 16 ounce Coors Light can laying on the floor next to the damage."
Eduard P., as he was dubbed in the incident report, allegedly confessed to the officer that he and his cousin had entered the ceiling by removing a tile about a handicapped stall in the men's restroom. Once this was done, access to the women's bathroom "was easily made," the report said.
When asked why, Eduard P. said they were "just being stupid." Both men reportedly had a "strong odor of alcoholic beverage" and bloodshot eyes.
Based on his observations, the police officer estimated the men had been in the ceiling for 45 or 50 minutes.
"The only probably explanation for there (sic) presence above the female bathrooms would be for spying or 'peeping' on persons using the bathroom," the officer wrote. "Although no one ever complained, numerous individuals used those restrooms during the time the suspects were in the ceiling area."
During the interrogation and arrest, a woman identified as Eduard A.'s sister was also in the movie theater lobby. She allegedly became hostile, called police officers a derogatory name and generally "refused to be civil," the initial responding officer said. Eduard A. reportedly told her to run because the officers "were going to attack and rape her."
She was not detained.