On Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at 4:37 p.m., Beaumont Police responded to Parkdale Mall (6155 Eastex Freeway) regarding a suspect being caught in the women’s restroom using his cell phone to record a woman use the facilities. The victim was aware of her surroundings, caught the suspect in the act, and confronted him. BPD Officers arrived, detained the suspect and Detectives from the Special Crimes Unit responded to the scene to investigate. The suspect was identified as Douglas Allen Himel, a 34 year old Port Neches resident (pictured below).
Preliminary investigation leads Detectives to believe that Himel has committed this crime multiple times at many locations in our region. Himel was placed under arrest and transported to the Jefferson County Jail, where he was charged with one count of Invasive Visual Recording (State Jail Felony).
The investigation is on-going.
The Beaumont Police Department would like remind everyone to always be aware of your surroundings. If you observe suspicious activity, call BPD at 409-832-1234.