MIAMI (CBSMiami) — A scary situation for a 13-year old boy in a restaurant bathroom ended with an arrest last week.READ MORE: Miami Weather: Temps In The 30s This Weekend
Eduardo Sanchez, 43, was arrested after allegedly filming the teen while he was in the bathroom of a Bayside mall restaurant on October 16th.
He has since been released on a $7,500 bond.
Sanchez was an employee at The Knife restaurant in the mall, but the judge figured that’s probably not the case anymore.
“At this point I assume you’ll be terminated, so I’ll appoint the public defender to represent you,” said the judge.
According to his arrest report, the boy went to the bathroom at the restaurant. While in his stall, he said he heard a cellphone turn on so he looked over to the next stall and saw a phone pointed at him from above.
That’s when, according to Miami Police, the child started yelling he was going to call the police. The report states Sanchez rushed out, tried to open the child’s stall to no avail and then ended up leaving.
The child called his father on his cellphone who ended up going to get him in the stall.READ MORE: Possibility Of New Surfside Building Has Residents Worried
While the child didn’t see a face, the report states, the child was able to identify Sanchez, an employee of the restaurant, through his shoes.
Police said when the child identified Sanchez, the father went up to him and asked him for his phone. The child said it was the phone he saw in the stall and a struggle ensued between the father and Sanchez causing the phone to end up on the ground, police said.
“What it was, was a pair of black and white sneakers and remembering that the phone in itself was white was what helped us find this man inside that restaurant,” said Kenia Fallat with the Miami Police Department.
A restaurant manager was able to pick up the phone and later hand it over to police.
Officers took Sanchez into custody where, according to the report, he admitted to filming the child “for curiosity and that he planned to delete it after.”
Sanchez is now facing a charge of video voyeurism for a child less than 16-years old.
Police also commended the boy for knowing exactly what to do in such a situation.MORE NEWS: South Florida Winn Dixie & Fresco y Mas Pharmacies Expect To Get N95 Masks On Friday
“The child was not just astute, but very observant but he was also well aware of his surroundings,” said Fallat.