Woman chases peeping Tom out of Lenexa department store

LENEXA, Kan. - Dressing rooms are supposed to be the most private place in a store.

"You know you want to feel safe when you're in the fitting room," Jeanne Ouellette said.

At least that's what she thought. She was shopping in the lingerie section Monday afternoon when she noticed a man scoping out the area.

"Somebody walked by me and made eye contact and said something like ‘hello, thank you,' something that made them seem nervous," she said, "So I immediately felt uncomfortable."

Thinking he was gone, she went to the fitting room to try on a few things. She then noticed someone else had come into the fitting room, giving her an odd feeling, but she brushed it off.

Ouellette didn't notice anything until she saw someone reach underneath the dressing room door with a phone taking a picture of her.

She got out and walked over to the room next to hers and caught 34-year-old Jeremy Bradley, the same man she had bumped into earlier.

"He didn't look surprised, he didn't look upset, or anxious, he didn't even run at first," Ouellette said.

She began chase him through the store.

"I just shouted as loudly as I could to try to get the attention of the other people in the store," she said.

Jennifer Lamb, who was at the checkout counter at the time, heard her shouts for help.

"I tried to stop him, but he was too fast for me," Lamb said.

Several others joined in the chase, ending up across the street at an apartment complex where police eventually caught and arrested Bradley.

"I'm really glad that he was caught because it was a violation and that was really upsetting, but also because that person clearly needs help," Ouellette said.

She isn't letting this experience ruin future shopping trips but did say she will be more about of her gut instincts.

A few employees at Kohl's tell 41 Action News this is the first time something like this happens there. They aren't sure of any different security measures being put into place in light of what happened.

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