Police say man filmed woman in changing room

Christopher Dornblaser
  • Elias Barona-Martinez, 38, is accused of filming a woman as she undressed at a JC Penny's last month.
  • Barona-Martinez allegedly showed the video to the woman's husband as well as police, documents state.
  • He remains in York County Prison in lieu of $2,000 bail.

A Biglerville man is accused of taking video of a woman undressing in a changing room at a Hanover JCPenney last month.

Elias Barona-Martinez

Elias Barona-Martinez, 38, of 48 Main St., Biglerville, allegedly filmed the woman with his phone and showed the video to police, according to court documents. He is charged with invasion of privacy.

Hanover Borough Police say they were sent to the JCPenney in the North Hanover Mall about noon on Dec. 23 for a report of a man recording a woman undressing in a changing stall.

The victim told police she had just exited the stall when she saw Barona-Martinez outside of it, acting suspiciously. She told police he quickly walked away when she looked in his direction, documents state.

Police say the woman's husband confronted Barona-Martinez, and he voluntarily showed him video he had taken of the man's wife.

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When police spoke to Barona-Martinez, he admitted that he had taken the video by placing his phone under the stall where the woman was getting dressed, police said. Barona-Martinez showed the video of the woman, partially undressed and in the process of changing, to the responding officer, documents state.

Barona-Martinez was arraigned on the charges that night and was remanded to York County Prison in lieu of $2,000 bail, according to online court records. In addition to the bail, he also is being held at the prison on an immigration detainer, a York County Prison official confirmed Wednesday.

Steve Rice, who is listed as Barona-Martinez's attorney, could not be reached.

Barona-Martinez's preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. March 24 at District Judge Dwayne Dubs' office.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.