LANCASTER—LASD deputies arrested a prolific peeping Tom after he allegedly tried to illegally videotape one victim too many at a Lancaster Target. After arresting Mylyn Johnson on March 16th, authorities discovered thousands of illegally taped videos of over a hundred women.
According to a LASD press release, a female customer reported to store security that she had witnessed Johnson filming up a woman’s skirt without her knowledge. Security was able to detain Johnson until LASD deputies arrived and arrested the registered sex offender on several charges, including Unlawful Recording of Another’s Undergarments.
Detectives from the LASD Special Victims Bureau then set about poring over the videos—some dating back as far as August of 2012—stored on his phone and other media storage devices located on his person and at his Lancaster home. While detectives were able to contact some of the identifiable victims, they also discovered that there were over a hundred unidentifiable women ranging from teen-aged to 50, set in locales across Los Angeles County.
Authorities also learned the tactics that Johnson deployed to obtain the illegal videos. During one instance, Johnson allegedly stopped a female customer at a K-Mart under the guise that he was store security and accused her of shoplifting. Johnson was then able to tape the victim as he ordered her to expose her buttocks so that he could search her body for stolen goods.
Johnson also taped conversations he had with his victims, posing as a tattoo artist, a rapper, or a correspondent with a fictitious television channel. Johnson would film many of his videos at stores in his native Lancaster, shoot videos while traveling on a Metrolink from Antelope Valley to Los Angeles, and then capture even more images while filming at Union Station and the nearby Olvera Street.
While detectives are still attempting to identify victims, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has already filed 15 counts against Johnson, adding felony False Imprisonment and Burglary to the original charges.
Sgt. Brian Hudson of the LASD’s Special Victims Bureau was not immediately available for comment.
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