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Old Navy peeping Tom suspect caught

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Police have caught the suspect they were searching for in a peeping Tom case that happened at a St. Vital clothing store earlier this week.

On Tuesday, a 42-year-old woman was trying on clothes at the Old Navy store outside St. Vital Centre when she spotted a man with a cell phone who appeared to be filming her while peering over her fitting room wall.

The woman was in a state of undress when she noticed the man and called for help. The man fled the scene before security and staff could catch him.

"I believe they made efforts to pursue this individual who was still in the area," Const. Jason Michalyshen said.

"I don't know how quickly people realized what had occurred. This is a pretty unique incident; this is not something that we see or report on on any regular basis, thankfully."

The victim took to social media to voice her concerns about the incident.

"I'm upset and embarrassed, but want to share with my friends because this DOES happen. And it's wrong," she wrote on Facebook.

"I have a 20-year-old daughter. This should not have happened to me, but I can't imagine what might have happened if it happened to her. It's wrong, illegal, upsetting, and a violation of privacy. It was taken VERY seriously by the management and staff where it took place," she continued.

Investigators reviewed security footage filmed inside the clothing store, inside St. Vital Centre and outside in the parking lot area surrounding both buildings.

Cheryl Mazur, the general manager of St. Vital Centre, confirmed on Wednesday that the suspect was believed to have made his way through the mall after fleeing from Old Navy.

A 33-year-old man was arrested in a small southern Manitoba town on Thursday in connection with the case.

Police said he is facing one charge of voyeurism and was released on a promise to appear.

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Updated on Friday, June 20, 2014 at 12:19 PM CDT: Updates with write-through.

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