WAYNE, NJ — The Wayne Police Department has identified a man who is accused of recently snapping a photo of a woman as she used the restroom at Willowbrook Mall.
According to police, Mohammad Abass, 40, of Newark, has been charged with invasion of privacy and criminal trespass.
Officers said Abass has been evading arrest, and they are asking the public for help in trying to locate him. He was known to be in Upstate New York and Vermont recently, they said.
On Friday, Aug. 14, 2020, around 6:30 p.m., Wayne police responded to Willowbrook Mall for a report of suspicious person who had “invaded a woman’s privacy.”
Police said a woman was in a bathroom stall inside Macy’s department store when Abass placed his arm under the stall beside her and snapped a picture with his cellphone as she used the restroom. According to the victim, she observed a flash as the photo was taken.
After Abass snapped the photo, police said the victim responded with, “What are you doing?” and dressed herself, stood up and knocked on the next stall, at which point Abass stood up and waved his hands in the air.
Police said he then ran from the restroom and through the department store. The victim told police that she ran after Abass until he ran the wrong way down an escalator and out of the store to the parking lot.
A witness told officers that Abass was seen entering a white sedan before fleeing the scene. Police said he is possibly driving a 2004 gray or silver Honda Accord with New Jersey registration A12LGM. Anyone with information regarding his whereabouts is asked to call the Wayne Police Department at 973-694-0600.