Patrol Arrest

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau

Bryan Lara (Arrested)
DOB: 7/24/2000
Address: 6244 17th Avenue, St Petersburg
Charges: One count of video voyeurism.

Victim: 35-year-old female. Per Florida Statute 415.107(1) no further details will be released that would tend to identify the victim.  

Victims’ boyfriend: 36-year-old male. Per Florida Statute 415.107(1) no further details will be released that would tend to identify the victim. 

What: 
Deputies assigned to the Patrol Operations Bureau have arrested a St. Petersburg man after he intentionally used his cell phone to record a woman using the restroom in a St Pete Beach restaurant. Deputies say it is likely there are more victims.

When:
The crime occurred on Sunday , September 9, 2018, at about 11:00 am.

Where:
Beverly’s Restaurant, located at 7401 Gulf Boulevard, St Pete Beach.

Why/How:
Deputies assigned to the Patrol Operations Bureau have arrested a St. Petersburg man after he intentionally used his cell phone to record a woman using the restroom in a St. Pete Beach restaurant. Deputies say it is likely there are more victims.

According to deputies, on September 9, 2018, deputies were called to Beverly’s Restaurant, located at 7401 Gulf Boulevard, St. Pete Beach, after receiving a report of a man recording females using the restroom with his cell phone. 

The 35 year-old victim was using the women’s restroom, single stall, when she heard the men’s restroom door open next her. The men and women’s restroom have separate entrances but share a common wall.  A few moments later, she looked up and observed a cell phone, camera side facing her, on top of the wall’s divider.  A short time after she exited the restroom, the male suspect, identified as 18 year-old Bryan Lara, exited the men’s restroom with the cell phone. The victim’s boyfriend confronted Lara who admitted to recording her. 

Deputies say Lara is an employee at the restaurant. He was cooperative with deputies and admitted to recording the victim. He allowed deputies to search his phone and told deputies there were more of the same type of videos. Deputies took the cell phone as evidence.

Lara was arrested and transported to the Pinellas County Jail without incident.

Lara was charged with one count of video voyeurism.

Deputies say it is likely there are more victims. If anyone has information on this crime or likely to be a victim of this crime, they are asked to call the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office at (727) 582-6200.

The investigation continues.

Posted by Dan Difrancesco Sunday, September 9, 2018 7:53:00 PM Categories: Crimes Against Persons

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