By Danny Schrafel
A Dix Hills man faces felony charges after he peered over a restaurant bathroom stall and took photographs of an 8-year-old boy, according to Suffolk County police.
Police said that, on May 17, Luis Flores Jr., of Dix Hills, was at the Hibachi Grill on Deer Park Avenue in North Babylon, where, at approximately 3:45 p.m., he is said to have leaned over a bathroom stall and snapped the disturbing cell phone photo.
Flores Jr., 28, was arrested at his Dix Hills home at 11:06 a.m. May 28 and charged with second-degree unlawful surveillance, an E felony.
Flores did not reveal a motive, according to First Squad Sgt. James Murphy, and does not appear to have a prior history of inappropriate interactions with children.
Murphy credited Crime Stoppers, which published a crime alert at approximately 1 a.m. Thursday, for leading police to Flores.
The disturbing nature of the crime, paired with clear surveillance footage of Flores and his work in the community – Flores works at a North Babylon supermarket, Murphy said, while other published reports indicate he also worked in an Amityville school – contributed to the quick arrest.
“The community response was terrific,” he said.
Murphy urged parents to be vigilant at all times. Most establishments allow parents to bring their children into opposite-sex bathrooms until a certain age.
“It doesn’t matter where you are – you have to look out for your child in that kind of the setting,” he said.
Attorney information for Flores Jr. was not immediately available.