Man accused of taking illicit photos in Sterling Heights Target dressing rooms

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published July 5, 2018

Sterling Heights police recently spoke on the latest developments regarding a man accused of snapping surreptitious pictures of women at a Target store.

Police say the suspect, listed as Brandon Devon Woods, 27, from Southfield, allegedly went to the Target at 2310 Metropolitan Parkway, near Dequindre Road, on June 15. At around 4:30 p.m. he allegedly photographed women in states of undress in the store’s dressing rooms, police said.  

According to Sterling Heights Police Lt. Mario Bastianelli, two female victims took notice of this and contacted store workers and the police.

“He apparently put the phone over the door and took pictures with his phone,” Bastianelli said. “Ultimately, the females observed him quickly rushing away from the area. Then he ended up running out of the store and getting into a vehicle and fleeing.”

Bastianelli said surveillance footage revealed the suspect’s presence, and the suspect ended up turning himself in. The lieutenant said he couldn’t discuss whether police recovered any photos on the suspect’s phone.

According to court staff, Woods was arraigned June 22 in 41-A District Court in Sterling Heights before Magistrate Michael Piatek and was charged with two felony counts  of “capturing an image of an unclothed person.”

If found guilty, Woods could be punished for each charge with up to five years’ imprisonment, as well as a fine of up to $5,000, police said. Woods’ bond was reportedly set at $10,000.

According to a court representative, Woods’ next court date, a preliminary exam, was scheduled for July 9 before Judge Stephen Sierawski. Woods’ listed attorney, Marlon Evans, could not be reached for comment at press time.

Bastianelli urged people to be vigilant when in public, especially while in vulnerable areas.

“It’s always good to pay attention to your surroundings,” he said. “In this case, the females did and ultimately helped in the apprehension of this suspect.”

Anyone who has more information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Sterling Heights Police Department by calling (586) 446-2800.