Mom catches man filming her daughter at park

Posted at 6:26 PM, Jan 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-13 21:51:16-05

Parents are on alert after a woman reported a bizarre encounter at a park in La Mesa.

A mother said she caught a man repeatedly pointing a camera at her daughter using a high-tech cover story.

"It makes me nauseous. It's creepy, that's the word for it," said Christy Bongers, who brought her two children to play at Jackson Park in La Mesa Wednesday.

Bongers was shocked to learn about the strange incident described by a local mother on Facebook.

According to the woman, a man walked up and appeared to be having a FaceTime conversation, but then pointed the phone right at her young daughter.

When the woman said she confronted the man -- a well-dressed man in his 30s -- he claimed he was using the FaceTime app with his friend and pointed the camera away.

When she looked again, she noticed the phone camera pointed right at her daughter again.

This time, he told her his FaceTime friend wanted to get a look at her daughter.

In the Facebook post, the woman said the man followed her as she and her daughter walked to the car and stared at them, before taking off when she pulled up her own camera.

"How many times has he done this and gotten away with it?" asked Bongers.

La Mesa police say while shooting video in a public park is likely not illegal, suspicious behavior like the incident described should be reported so police can investigate further.

The mother said the man spoke broken English, had bad teeth and drove a green sedan.

Police say they plan to have extra patrols by the park.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call La Mesa police.