MANCHESTER, NH — A man accused for a fourth time in a matter of months that he used his cell phone to take images from inside women’s bathrooms or fitting rooms.
On October 3, 2019, Manchester Police responded to Hannaford Supermarket on Hanover Street for a report of a man in the women’s restroom. Police spoke to an employee and also looked at surveillance video. Video shows a man walk into the bathroom around 5:24 p.m., five minutes later an employee also goes in. She told police she saw no feet in the stall next to her, but she felt someone was there and it was oddly quiet in the bathroom. When she exited to wash her hands and looked in the mirror she saw two grey sneakers visible in that stall. At 5:37 p.m. the man comes out of the bathroom, goes outside and can be seen sitting on a bench with a phone in his hands. He then walks to his car.
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The store employee believed she recognized the man, due to his picture being posted on social media sites for previous arrests.
Manchester Police were able to stop the vehicle and identify the driver as 21-year-old Travis Demers of Manchester. Demers was found to have an active arrest warrant out of Merrimack County Superior Court for Failure to Appear on a Robbery charge.
Demers was also charged with Falsifying Physical Evidence because he initially hid his phone from police and Violation of Bail Conditions because he was out on bail for previous offenses. Specifically, three counts of Violation of Privacy for three separate incidents that happened this summer.
- On July 27, 2019, Demers is seen on video going into the women’s bathroom at the Mall, staying in there for more than an hour.
- On August 2, 2019, Demers was seen in a women’s dressing room at Savers
- On August 9, 2019 he was actually located in a bathroom stall by a police officer. He is believed to have been taking pictures or videotaping women without their knowledge. Three victims have been identified, and the investigation is ongoing.
This most recent incident also remains under investigation by detectives. Demers was held due to his bail violations.
“I’m very concerned that Demers continues this course of conduct despite having been in front of the judge on two previous occasions. He has demonstrated his disregard for the legal system by his actions, and failing to appear in court on one occasion,” says Chief Carlo Capano, ”At some point, we have to take the victims into consideration when bail is being determined. Demers’ repeated arrests while out on personal recognizance bail absolutely creates a risk to the public as he continues to victimize people in our community.”
Police are concerned that there may be more victims. If you think you were in any of the above locations on the dates listed and feel you may have been victimized, please call the Manchester Police Department at 603-668-8711. If you have information but wish to remain anonymous, you can call the Crimeline at 603-624-4040.