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Man accused of "upskirting" at Willow Lawn

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) – A Richmond man faces charges of "upskirting" at The Shops at Willow Lawn.

Jonathan T. Hanning, 26, of West Grace Street, was arrested Monday evening on two misdemeanor counts of filming/videotaping a person without consent.

According to Henrico Police, officers responded at approximately 7 p.m. to the 1600 block of Willow Lawn Drive when it was reported that a white male was taking pictures or videos up the skirt of a female victim.

An investigator was alerted, and took Hanning into custody after Hanning was observed taking a photograph while walking next to a second victim at a second business, according to Henrico Police.

Store employees later confirmed the businesses involved to be Hallmark and Staples.

"It's virtually impossible to defend against this act, because in most cases, or all of the cases that I've seen, the victims have their backs to the suspect," said Lt. Eric Owens of Henrico Police.

After being arrested, police say Hanning's phone was confiscated. Tuesday morning a judge ordered him to be held on no bond.

Each class 1 misdemeanor charge carries a potential penalty of up to a year behind bars and up to a $2,500 fine if convicted.

Henrico Police say they will be searching the confiscated phone to see if there are more victims.

"With technology today it's just a matter of the suspects walking by with their cameras out, clicking a shot, and walking away. It's just that quick," Owens said.

Women we spoke to were stunned by the news.

"That is just awful! I couldn't imagine that happening to me," said Raymonda Coles, who works nearby.

"I think that's very disrespectful. I think that the women should proceed to do something about it," added Gwendalynn Payne, who attends classes at Willow Lawn.

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