Man Accused Of Placing Camera In Mall Bathroom

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (WCCO) — A 24-year-old man is in jail after police say they found a video camera in a bathroom at a St. Cloud shopping mall.

On Monday, Joshua Lavalle was arrested at his home in Rice, located just north of St. Cloud. He now faces a felony charge and he remains in custody at the Stearns County jail.

Police won’t say how long the camera had been recording or who found it.

“Honestly, my personal opinion is … someone who is wrong in the head. I’m sure there were little kids in there. It’s sick. It’s wrong,” said shopper Nicole Nelson.

Wrong and invasive, indeed, but on Nov. 25, Black Friday, St. Cloud Police say Lavalle put a camera in one of the Crossroads Mall’s restrooms.

Police won’t say how many victims there were or if they have identified or notified any of the victims. A representative of the mall said they have taken the necessary precautions to make sure the restrooms are safe.

For some holiday shoppers, however, the damage is already done.

“I’ll still come here to shop, but I won’t use the restrooms,” said shopper Adrian Krzesowik.
Because the investigation is ongoing, police won’t say where Lavalle allegedly placed the camera or what his intentions were.

A police representative said the reason they are not releasing any more details right now is because they believe other businesses outside of the mall may also be victims of Lavalle.

They were granted a search warrant to go inside of Lavalle’s home and they are expected to release more information about the case in the coming days.

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  • kevinsux

    Way to go, Kevin.

    • Tu Funi


  • StonedMugShot

    He was doing it for the safety of the customers. Really though, good luck convicting him. Plead not guilty all the way.

    • I've seen the picture...

      … he did it.


  • maxey

    Nice James Dean impersonation.

  • Marty McFly

    I’ve been saying this forever, 30 miles out of St Cloud in any direction is home to the biggest crazies in the state.

    • Der Pabst

      Of course, it is the Catholic/bible belt of the state after all.

  • Scrooge

    I’d love to see the evidence, he’s not guilty until proven guilty in a court of law

    • Concernedin MN

      I have seen the evidence, not his first time. Trust me, he needs help.

    • Real Talk

      I bet you would love to see the “evidence”

      You get off on watching strangers drop a duece too? You are a sick freak and one can only hope your genes are quickly wiped from the face of the earth.

  • Rags

    Josh! You did WHAT?!

  • just sayin

    Was it a guys bathroom or a womans? LOL Judging by that beard attempt, I’d say it was a guys.

    • butt ugly and weird looking

      That was my thought and only question …. by the look of him he could be a switch peeper. lol

  • Native Pride

    White Cloud people be crazy

  • hate the system

    whooptie f-ing do, if he caught me squating for a minute than good for him. i agree he should get in trouble, but a felony.. really?

    just trying to get a peep show? who knows, anyways i hope they don’t worry about this and focus more on the assaults and robberies that are happening all over st. cloud

    • seriously fool

      so you afraid they will nab you next huh
      idiot-a sick perps off the street – time to rejoice and cease your endless bashing. cheers

    • System Hates You

      you have no problem with this dipisht recording your children in a restroom and then possibly posting it on other predator sites or even trading them with other pervs?

      Let me guess – the “system” kicked your butt and now you hate the system. Get real dude.

  • Kirk Allen Larson

    Maybe he was trying to find the Idaho Senator.

  • jackactionhero

    “police won’t say where Lavalle allegedly placed the camera or what his intentions were.”

    They didn’t think maybe he was trying to get a look at women dropping their drawers? Just a thought.

  • Perps abound

    So how much ya wanna snowballs of course to remain legal …. that he gets more time for a camera than Amy Senser gets for taking a life ?
    BTW…and funny but I did not see any reference here (wink-wink and wonders why? lol) that Ms Amy Senser again received another postponement until mid-January, 2012 on her hearing. And that good ol’ Judge Peterson also has a cease order on any civil gathering of info until after the criminal is done….. imagine that now. A life is not worth a dang thing evidently unless it is white, rich, well connected it seems. Way to go Judicial System and political schmucks…. your true colors are showing up well. ;-)
    She deserves jail time like everyone else and Judge Peterson needs to friggen go. Didn’t realize he could be had so easy…….sad

  • Concernedin MN

    This is NOT the first time he has pulled this stunt. He put one in a womens restroom in Crow Wing county a couple months back. A womens restroom used by CHILDREN. Lock him up and get him some help. He has also been arrested for drugs…

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