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Police search computer of accused peeper

Posted May 13, 2009

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— Police have seized a computer hard drive belonging to an Apex man accused of taking video of women in public restrooms without their knowledge.

Elliot Brandon Zayas, 24, of 1029 Mica Lamp Court, is charged with 15 peeping-related charges.

Twenty-one women were videotaped at various locations, but investigators haven't determined where and when some of the videos were taken. Police said miniature cameras were placed inside bathroom stalls, slid under hotel room doors and placed inside sneakers to take illicit photos.

A Raleigh woman with whom Zayas and his wife were staying temporarily found a camera in her bathroom after the couple moved out, as well as a disc that contained video of her and of other women, police said.

When investigators asked Zayas whether they would find other images on his computer hard drive, Zayas said they "probably" would, according to an affidavit by Detective Mike Garafalo of the Apex Police Department.

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  • SoFarFromHome May 15, 2009

    What a FREAK! If he doesn't get the max sentencing, then we have a huge problem. He is basically admitting to what he has been accused of.

    The cameras were in HIS shoes... Just make sure you don't go out in a skirt anymore.

    Absolutely disgusting and disturbing!!

  • davido May 14, 2009

    Hmm, maybe it's time to consider a new career as a police investigator.. "It's OK, I'm just doing my job!"

  • Dolphan May 14, 2009

    "Theres nothing Zayas enjoys more than footage of a big deuce dropping." - LOL

    ..."Then search our shoes..." I read the article as the camera was in HIS shoes but maybe I misunderstood.

    We have found Big Brother and He is US...

  • x7 May 14, 2009

    Soon he will be picking up soap in a government run hotel with cable tv, three meals a day, air conditioning, and gym, all for free.

  • See Chart May 14, 2009

    Pretty horrible ,now we have to search
    public bathrooms for tiny little cameras.
    Then search our shoes,then check out what's
    really behind that mirror in the hallway.
    What a world,what a world.

  • TStills May 14, 2009

    Theres nothing Zayas enjoys more than footage of a big deuce dropping.

  • dh1964 May 13, 2009

    "When investigators asked Zayas whether they would find other images on his computer hard drive, Zayas said they 'probably' would."

    I guess that took care of the "probable cause" that the police need to get a search warrant...