Glendora police seek to ID women recorded by hidden camera in Starbucks restroom
Disguised as coat hook
GLENDORA, Calif.—Glendora police today sought to identify 34 females whose images were caught on a camera hidden in a Starbucks restroom.
William Zafra Velasco, 25, of San Dimas, was arrested on suspicion of placing the camera—disguised as part of a coat hook—in the restroom in front of a toilet at the coffee shop at 1832 East Route 66, Glendora police Lt. Tim Staab said.
Police have identified 11 victims so far and want to identify 34 others to aid in Velasco's prosecution, he said.
A Starbucks employee found the camera, and police arrested Velasco, a student, on May 4, after he was identified via security video and information provided by Starbucks employees, Staab said.
The camera was active just two days—on April 14 and 15—and Velasco allegedly downloaded the recorded images to a laptop computer in his car about once per hour, Staab said.
Some children were among the 45 known victims, he said.
Velasco, who is free on $50,000 bail, is due in Citrus Superior Court in West Covina on June 21 on a misdemeanor charge he secretly recorded the victims for sexual gratification.
Glendora police Chief Rob Castro and Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, R-Hesperia, have scheduled a 10 a.m. news conference for Friday, when Donnelly is expected to announce proposed legislation that would make the alleged crime a felony.
A Glendora doctor was arrested recently on suspicion of illegally prescribing powerful medications to patients for a price.
Dr. Rolando Lodevico Atiga was arrested following a two-month investigation by Glendora police and the Drug Enforcement Administration that included undercover officers purchasing prescriptions for medications at Atiga’s office, police said.
The Los Angeles Urban League and the Harlem-based Abyssinian Development Corp. announced this year that for a three-year period, Starbucks will donate a minimum of $100,000 out of the profits from two of its stores to each of the nonprofit groups for use to help bolster programs in the communities the organizations serve.
In Los Angeles, the bustling Starbucks at Crenshaw Boulevard and Coliseum Street will serve as the focal point, and a location at 125th Street and Lenox Avenue in New York will support Abyssinian.
STARBUCKS - Starbucks will donate a minimum of $100,000 of the annual profits generated by one of its Crenshaw District stores to the Los Angeles Urban League as part of a new partnership announced today to promote community development.
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