Charlotte Woman Upset After Finding Man in Women’s Restroom

CHARLOTTE, NC – A Charlotte woman says she was worried for her safety after she went to the bathroom at 7th Street Public Market Sunday and looked down at the stall next to her.

“It was size, you know 11 to 13 shoe, I knew for sure it was a man,” she says.

She took cell phone video to prove what she saw. She says he was making noises.. and it made her very uncomfortable.

“He was.. playing with himself,” she says.

She says her husband confronted the man after he came out and chased him down the street.

“I said, ‘Sir, what were you doing in the stall next to my wife, in the women’s bathroom?’ And he said that he was looking for his daughter and he didn’t know what I was talking about,” her husband says.

He took pictures of a man he says is the suspect being detained by security guards.

Police confirm they did respond to calls for indecent exposure in the area this morning and they assisted CATS officers on the scene.

The couple say it makes them worry more about privacy, especially with the recent controversy over North Carolina House Bill 2.

“As a mother of a 10 month old daughter, it makes me nervous, for myself, for her, for anyone,” she says.

“I feel like there should definitely be stricter rules or stricter laws that protect women and children who want to just go to the bathroom in peace,” her husband says.

Adam Rhew, a representative of 7th Street Public Market, offered the following statement in regards to the incident.

“Our primary goal is to provide a safe, enjoyable shopping and dining experience for all Market guests. We encourage guests who notice anything out of the ordinary, or those who feel uncomfortable, to find a member of the Market staff and share their concerns.”