Accused panties thief now charged in mall up-skirting incident

Kornwell H. Chan
Kornwell H. Chan
Posted: May 18, 2012

A Montgomery County man, arrested earlier this year for stealing the underwear of a woman he was allegedly stalking, was charged this week with using a hidden camera to film up the skirt of another woman at the King of Prussia Plaza.

Kornwell Chan, of Dresher, was spotted at the Plaza near Lord & Taylor on Sunday, May 13, by an undercover officer who noted Chan’s resemblance to a suspect wanted in a up-skirting incident at the nearby J.C. Penney in September 2011, said Risa Vetri Ferman, the Montgomery County District Attorney.

Upper Merion police officers stopped Chan inside the mall and discovered he was carrying a bag with a camera secreted inside it.

Officers reviewed the footage, which showed Chan following a woman at Penney’s and placing the hidden camera under her skirt, showing her underwear, Ferman said.

Chan, charged Wendesday with invasion of privacy and related counts, was ordered to be held on $500,000 bail.

Chan was previously charged in January with counts of burglary, criminal trespass, stalking and related counts in a separate incident. Chan allegedly had aggressively pursued met a woman at the Oreland train station. After the woman sought ways to avoid him, he broke into her house stealing only her bras and panties. While inside the house he turned all the family photographs of her face-down with the exception of her portrait.

A preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge William I. Maruszczak is set for 10 a.m. at 485 South Henderson Road in King of Prussia.

Contact Sam Wood at 215-854-2796 or samwood@phillynews.com, or @inqwriter on Twitter.

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