CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Criminal charges are being brought against a man who allegedly took photos of a Walmart shopper without her consent, and then made a lewd posting on Craigslist to find out her identity.
Chicopee Police Officer Mike Wilk told 22News that a complaint has been issued against 37 year-old Edward Robichaud of Springfield, on charges of criminal harassment, annoying and accosting a person sexually, and taking secret photos of intimate body parts.
Wilk says that on Monday, police received messages about a Craigslist posting titled “CHICOPEE WALMART GODDESS.” The author posted 10 pictures of a woman who was photographed unknowingly and from various positions while at the Memorial Drive store. “The poster put up a very lewd and lascivious post, stating he would pay money to learn her identity. The post was shared by many people, and went viral.” Wilk wrote on the department’s official Facebook page.
Wilk says that police went to the store and met with the asset protection manager to review surveillance footage. In that footage, officers saw a woman being followed around the store by a man.
At around this time, the victim herself went to police headquarters. Wilk said that she was scared and distraught, telling officers that the man behind the Craigslist post had learned her identity and sent her a provocative private message on Facebook.
Wilk says that police were able to identify Robichaud as the suspect in the case. He has not been arrested at this time, but rather is being summonsed to court for a hearing on the charges he is facing on May 16.