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Man arrested for ‘upskirting’ at Short Pump Barnes and Noble has previous peeping conviction

Posted at 7:28 PM, Jul 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-09 21:15:53-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- A Stafford man is facing charges over what a customer said she observed the man doing to a woman in the Short Pump Barnes and Noble last month.

The woman quickly notified management on June 8 after she said the suspect placed his cellphone on the floor and started filming up a woman's skirt.

Those workers followed the man through the store, but by the time police arrived, he had fled.  However, workers did get the man's license plate number and provided police with a description of the suspect.

 Barnes and Noble location at Short Pump.

Barnes and Noble location at Short Pump.

Henrico police arrested 41-year-old Brandon Christopher Gover Wednesday for misdemeanor unlawful filming.

Gover, who posted a $5,000 bond, was released after his court appearance Thursday afternoon.

A court records check revealed Gover pleaded guilty to eight counts of peeping into an occupied building in 2008.

Gover is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 1.

Brandon Christopher Gover

Brandon Christopher Gover (SOURCE: Henrico County Police)

For many who frequent the popular upscale shopping district, news of the incident is unsettling.

Twenty-one-year-old Lauren McCarthy, who visits Short Pump often, told CBS 6 senior reporter Wayne Covil that what happened was "very scary."

"It's really disgusting and degrading to women that people are doing this -- and I'm really glad there is something they can do about it," McCarthy said.

Ed Standlick, who said his wife often goes to the busy bookstore, was concerned.

"It's kind of unnerving to know you got predators roaming around doing stuff like this," he said. "It's just not right."

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