It’s an epidemic. Target is just attracting pervs. This time, this one didn’t get away, thanks to the quick thinking of this smart woman, and she got it all on video.
ABCNews.com: A Florida woman turned the tables on man with a prior conviction for preying on women in public places, catching an alleged encounter on camera.
Candice Spivey says the man, whom police identified as Jeffery Polizzi, had approached her two years ago, asking her what she described as inappropriate questions. But Spivey recognized the man this time, quickly thinking to record a video on her phone as she chased the suspect out of a Target store.
“Do you remember running into me in the grocery store?” Spivey of Yulee, Florida, asks Polizzi in the video.
“Call the cops,” she shouts as the man begins to run away from her.
Spivey was shopping in the bikini section of her local Target April 26 when she says Polizzi approached her.
“You want to make sure it’s not too sheer or clear,” the man can be heard saying in the video.
She claims the same man harassed her two years ago inside a Publix supermarket as he was secretly filming their encounter.
But she said her reaction was different this time.
“I wanted an identification on who he was so I could put this out there,” Spivey said of her video.
Spivey posted the video to her Facebook page, where it now has a whopping 1.6 million views, with dozens of women saying Polizzi, 31, did the same thing to them.
Police eventually caught Polizzi, charging him with reckless driving after he allegedly fled the scene. It’s unclear whether he has entered a plea or has a lawyer. Polizzi has not responded to ABC News’ request for comment.
It’s not the first time he has been accused of inappropriate retail encounters. Polizzi was previously convicted of “taking photographs of women in dressing rooms” in 2009, according to court documents.
Spivey says she has no regrets about her actions.
“If that is what you have to do to be safe and protect yourself, you do what you got to do,” she said.
The Nassau County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone who has had suspicious encounters with Polizzi to come forward.