Beyond the outer walls of La Perla, inside the women’s bathroom, is where a customer said she found a recording device facing the direction of the restaurant’s toilet.
The woman was assisting her child in the bathroom off Southwest 152nd Street and Southwest 137th Avenue Saturday when, according to a Miami police report, she noticed a strange device tucked away under the sink.
She took it apart and took it to her husband at the table. She started researching on her phone to see what it was and determined that it was an advanced motion sensor camera.
“That’s a violation. It’s a total violation of women’s rights,” Julio Guzman, who frequents the shopping plaza, said.
The couple confronted employees before speaking to the manager, Hajime Maruyana.
According to the arrest report, Maruyana, 42, took the device and started walking around. Maruyana then “became very nervous and began to walk around and pace the restaurant as if attempting to get away from or avoid” the victim.
The mother demanded to see what was on the camera as Maruyana walked from the back rooms of the restaurant to the front. She later noticed the camera’s memory chip was missing. But Maruyana claims it was never there.
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