Park Street upskirter taken down, police say

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Transit Police report arresting a Quincy man on a charge of taking photos up a woman's skirt as she walked on the stairs at the Park Street T station.

According to police, a woman was walking up the stairs at the station around 8:15 a.m. on Oct. 26, when a man began clicking away with a camera aimed between her legs.

The victim, unaware, was notified by a fellow male passenger who attempted to chase down the offending male. The offending male was able to elude being stopped.

After an investigation, police identified and yesterday arrested Duong Nguyen, 30, for violating the state upskirting law.

Innocent, etc.

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30 years ago ...

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The only real threat of consequences for something like this (or reaching up a woman's skirt) was a solid kick to the face.

So glad that we have evolved to understand that is is assault.

Great work

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Great job by the man who stopped it and tried to catch the guy and the Transit Police for tracking him down. For some reason, the only time I worry about this happening is when I'm going up the stairs at T stations. I guess it's not just paranoia.

Unintended consequence

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Was it really? The bystander arguably created a victim. If the bystander didn't react, then the victim wouldn't know she's a victim. She'd be oblivious, and would have been on her merry way instead of creeped out.

Not defending the perp at all, but I don't think the white knight deserves applause.

Seriously?

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You can not be serious. The bystander did not create a victim - the perpetrator did. By your logic, if video is secretly taken of me in a changing room and the perp posts said video all over the internet (which presumably I won't see since I don't visit those kinds of websites), am I not a victim?

How about if my credit card was used fraudulently but I don't know it until I receive the statement two weeks later, did the fraud happen when the charge was made or when I realized it? Was I not a victim until I opened the envelope containing the statement?

If a person in a coma is violated in a hospital, is it not a crime because they are unaware? Should nothing be done?

Being a "victim" is not a state of mind - it is a reality based on a wrong having being committed against you - whether you know it or not.

Thanks to the bystander for stepping up. We need more folks like that in the world rather than this "anon" poster.

Oops...

I think you may have turned us all into anon trolling victims by replying to him instead of ignoring him.

holy. balls.

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the bystander arguably created a victim

You sit there and think about your life choices.

How'd they find him?

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If he left the station, I would think they would never locate him. He's a very average-looking guy, unlike some of the other pervs that do crap on the T. Good job by the cops on this one.

A guess

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Transit Police have gotten very good at poring over both surveillance videos (and the T has nothing if not a ton of cameras) and CharlieCard data, and a lot of patience to stake out fare gates looking for somebody who might match up with those two data points.

Credit card?

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If he used a credit card to buy a ticket or if he registered his Charlie Card (and they were able to track his movements on the camera network), they could have found him that way.

ETA: Adam beat me to it.

Probably not credit card

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Those transactions are well-encrypted and for good reason. But if you regularly use the same Charlie Card, they can build a good profile of your travel patterns, and probably have a good idea of where you are likely to be getting on a train and at what time. Then TPD goes and stands around looking none the wiser until the perp walks by and they grab him. Lots of tech, but then some old-fashioned police work.

Good job TPD.

(And if you're planning on criming on the T, buy a Charlie ticket. They'll still catch you on video, but have a harder time finding you. Also, just don't do crime.)

I was assaulted on a train

I was assaulted on a train years ago and had to go down to transit PD HQ. They have some pretty sophisticated surveillance (though you'd never know it by some of the photos of offenders released) with wide coverage. And this was 5 years ago. They also take this stuff very seriously. I wasn't expecting much when I reported it but those guys really pulled out all the stops investigating.

Video

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The video feeds transit agencies have is quite good. They have live feeds from stations and everything from vehicles (and there are several cameras on each vehicle) is stored and then downloaded (it would be nearly impossible to live-stream video feed from every vehicle bandwidth-wide, but I wouldn't be surprised if they can tap in to it if a silent alarm is pulled). I assume they don't store it forever, but long enough for this sort of use. Quality depends on the age of the camera, but some of the newer cameras are quite high-def (and you don't know which is which). And they get a lot of angles. It's pretty cool stuff.

Facial Recognition

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Yes they do have a lot of cameras and they get nice facial pictures. This allows them to run facial recognition through not only local criminal data bases but also the RMV. Yes, your license picture can get you caught. It gets easier all the time.