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Alleged Short Pump upskirter believed to be ‘danger to himself’

Posted at 8:24 PM, Jun 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-10 10:39:28-04

HENRICO, Va. -- Police said they arrested a man who was trying to snap pictures under women's skirts at the Wal-Mart in Short Pump.

Henrico Police said that one victim became very uneasy when the man bumped into her in the middle of the store and pretended to drop something. They said 55-year-old John Alexander Wiggins violated two women by using his smart phone to snap pictures under their skirts.

A woman who suspected Wiggins was up skirting alerted her husband, who police said followed the man around the store. They allegedly watched Wiggins do it again to an unsuspecting shopper.

Managers and police were called. Wiggins was arrested outside of the store.

Customers were surprised by his “bold actions.”

Neighbors in the suspect’s Wyndham community were also stunned, including the one who lives across  the street.

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“Takes care of his family, he’s got three daughters,” said neighbor Tim Vicari. “He’s been here as long as we have, we’ve been here for 19 years -- I think he’s been here just as long – I’m very surprised by that (the news).”

Police said during his arrest Wiggins made statements that led them to believe he was a danger to himself.

Law enforcement then made sure that Wiggins was later provided mental health services.

He is now making his way through the legal system.

"I would like to think that something strange has gone on because like I said he is a quiet man, keeps to himself, very stunned by that news,” Vicari said.

“Very helpful guy, friendly, quiet, never any trouble,” Vicari added. “I feel bad for his wife.”

Court records show that Wiggins faces two misdemeanor counts of creating an unlawful image on another. He is expected in court July 26.