Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said his agency arrested a man wanted in a peeping Tom case.
The man, identified as 29-year-old Dalton Matheson, was caught using a cell phone to record a 12-year-old girl and a 4-year-old girl who were trying on clothes at a retailer in south Fort Myers on Wednesday.
He was arrested on Wednesday and remains in Lee County Jail. A judge set his bond on Thursday to $46,000. He is also a suspect in a similar case under investigation by the Fort Myers Police Deparmrnt.
The suspect was confronted by the children’s father and two store employees at the Walmart on San Carlos Boulevard, Marceno said, but Matheson ran out an emergency exit.
He was found two hours later at a Lee Tran bus stop and had changed his clothes, Marceno said.
“I’ve been crystal clear, I will protect those who can’t protect themselves,” Marceno said. “This piece of (expletive) is where he belongs, behind bars at the Marceno motel.”
“There is nothing more precious than a child and making certain that we protect our children at all costs,” Marceno added.
Marceno said his detectives are working with the Fort Myers police for an incident that occurred on Saturday at a Good Will in Fort Myers.
In that case, Matheson is accused of recording another two young girls, whose ages are unknown, as they were in a fitting room.
One of the girls said something and he fled but not before he could be caught on Good Will’s video surveillance, according to authorities.
“Well, he’ll never come back into the stores again,” said Carolyn Johnson, with Goodwill.
The store is now planning to put in floor-to-ceiling walls in the fitting rooms.
Johnson is glad the suspect was caught.
“When you hear about something like this your heart just sinks,” Johnson said.
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