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UPDATE: Man Accused of Taking Upskirt Picture Charged

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JULY 24 UPDATE

A Fargo man who is accused of taking a picture up a woman's skirt at a south Fargo Target has been identified and charged. 

Kasey Jon Thomas Kitsch is facing one count of disorderly conduct. If convicted he could face up to 30 days in jail.

On June 13, witnesses told police Kitsch was standing in the checkout line at the south Fargo Target when he snapped a cell phone picture under a woman's dress. After seeing his picture on Valley News Live, Kitsch turned himself in.

UPDATE: WEDNESDAY 6:40 p.m.

A man suspected of taking a photo under a woman's dress while at the Fargo Target in mid-June turned himself in after he saw photos of himself on television.

We have since learned that after questioning the man was released.

The man was interviewed by detectives Wednesday afternoon, and he will be charged with disorderly conduct.

Because he turned himself in and has not been formally charged, he was released, and his name will not be released.

But, as many pointed out on our Facebook page, the question is: Why did police wait nearly a month before releasing information and photos if within hours the man turned himself in?

The incident in question happened at the Target on 13th Avenue South in Fargo. The guy was standing in the checkout line, and with his phone in his hand he decided to take a picture up a woman's dress.

Lt. Joel Vettel with the Fargo Police Department says, "At that point the individual was confronted by both the employee of the store, and then also the victim." The man ran out of the store, and police could not find him, but they did have photos taken from the surveillance cameras.

"Certainly with this type of behavior, often times we see an escalation," says Vettel.

If police were concerned that the suspect needed to be identified quickly, why wait nearly a month before releasing the photos?

Vettel explains, "We don't wanna give out any more information than we need to just because that does take and complicate sometimes the investigation itself."

Vettel adds other reasons, saying they want to minimize the exposure to the victim, and a lot of times just sending it to law enforcement contacts will get a positive identification. He says police officers also do not want to overuse the media.

"If we send them a picture every day of a crime, the chances of that tool becoming more and more, I guess, white noise," says Vettel. He continues, "We try to make a good balance. Is it ever perfect? No. We know that, and really, ultimately it comes down to the best educated guess of when to use that tool."

Vettel adds that investigative work was being done during the entire time. Police were following up on several leads that did not produce a suspect. That is when they decided to release the photos publicly.

The man was free to go after turning himself in. It could be a couple weeks before he would have to make an appearance in court. He would only be arrested if he did not appear at court.

If convicted, he could get up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine.

UPDATE: WEDNESDAY 1:30 P.M.

A man suspected of taking an inappropriate photo of a woman at the Target store in Fargo turned himself in.

A 27-year-old man from Fargo came to the Fargo Police station Wednesday afternoon and admitted to seeing himself on TV as the suspect in a disorderly conduct case.

Detectives interviewed him and forwarded a report to the City Prosecutors Office for a disorderly conduct charge.  His name has not yet been released.


ORIGINAL

Fargo Police are asking for the public's help finding a man suspected of taking an inappropriate picture of a woman at a Fargo store.  

Investigators say the suspect was standing in the checkout line at Target last month when he used a cell phone to take a picture under the victim's dress.

Witnesses report seeing the man stick his hand under the dress of the woman standing in front of him in line then run out of the store and into a blue car.

The incident happened about 3:40 pm on Thursday June 13th.

Police have released several surveillance pictures of the suspect and one of the car he was seen driving away from the store.

If you have any information please call the Fargo Police Department at (701) 241-1406. 

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