ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - University of Central Florida Police Chief Richard Beary says a football player and coach helped catch a suspect, accused of video recording at least three3 teenagers in a ladies restroom on campus.
The ladies restroom is a place where you expect privacy, but UCF police were called out to CFE Arena after they say a 21-year-old student was recording girls using the bathroom. "It's disgusting. And young people don't deserve to be victimized and he deserves to pay for that," says UCF Police Chief Richard Beary.
UCF student Jessica Strohmeyer says, "I just saw police cars with their sirens going on. It's really creepy and kind of scary that happened."
High school cheerleaders have been gathering on campus to compete. Police say a victim noticed a white Samsung phone, videotaping her from the stall next to her. She banged on the stall and told the accused voyeur, "It is creepy and gross and you need to stop!" She then left the restroom to tell the coach.
"I knew there was a lot of camps happening, but I didn't think people my age were getting involved in such a negative way," says UCF student Madeline Murphy.
Police say the suspect, Jonathan Hui, took off running after the victim told her coach. The coach and another staff member chased Hui in the arena, through a Jimmy Johns restaurant ,and out to Memory Mall.
That's when investigators say UCF football player Tristan Payton caught up with the suspect and held him down till officers arrived on scene. Chief Beary says, "Tristan, he's a football player. He chased him down and tackled him. He did a great job, both of them did."
Hui faces several charges, including four counts of video voyeurism, as well as lewd and lascivious behavior.
For students like Murphy, the accusations are disturbing. "They're under age, that's children, it's not ok. We're supposed to be setting an example. Instead their filming them which is completely inappropriate."
Hui was released from jail on a $5,900 bond. Chief Beary asks that anyone who was victimized come forward with information