ST. PAUL (WCCO) — For one St. Paul woman, a nice day riding her bike turned out to be a disturbing one when a man focused his video camera on her.
Still shaken and afraid to reveal her identity, Kelli, which is not her real name, said in an interview Tuesday that she was waiting at an intersection in St. Paul last week when she noticed the man.
“He had pulled up next to me and was leaning out the side of the window with a small silver video camera, and he had it trained on my rear-end and was just staring at me,” said Kelli.
Kelli says she just looked straight ahead and continued across the street when the light changed.
Approximately 15 minutes later, when she reached the intersection of Summit Avenue and Snelling Avenue, she noticed the same man again.
The man stopped his vehicle in the middle of the street and walked toward Kelli with his video camera. Kelli said the man was about 50 feet away from her.
“There were two girls walking and they sort of looked at me strange,” she said. “(Then they) looked out at the street and looked back at me and said, ‘is he taping you?'”
Those two girls then chased after him while Kelli called police. However, the man got away and they were not able to get his license plate number.
When police arrived, they took Kelli home.
Kelli says she knows that if he was caught, there is nothing police can do. He can legally record anybody in a public place.
“I know if you are in a public place, you give up your right to privacy concerning having somebody videotape you or take photos of you,” Kelli said.
Kelli’s description of the man was not clear, but she did say he was driving a black Jeep Cherokee.
There have been no other reports of this type of behavior in St. Paul, police said.