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Man arrested in voyeurism of preteen girl in Bellingham Kmart bathroom

Bellingham police released a series of still images from security footage, as they asked for the public’s help in identifying a man who took photos of a girl, 11, in a Kmart bathroom stall.
Bellingham police released a series of still images from security footage, as they asked for the public’s help in identifying a man who took photos of a girl, 11, in a Kmart bathroom stall. Courtesy to the Bellingham Herald

Bellingham police arrested a man Thursday on suspicion of taking photos of a preteen girl in a Kmart bathroom.

Detectives are investigating whether Ramieq Naquan Kalungie Howard, 22, is linked to a handful of other cases of inappropriate, aggressive sexual behavior at big box stores such as Target and Walmart over the past few months.

A girl, 11, reported a man came into the women’s restroom at Kmart around 6 p.m. Nov. 28, and took photos of her by reaching over the stall.

Last week, the Bellingham Police Department released a series of security photos of a possible suspect, near two storefronts, as detectives asked for the public’s help in identifying the man.

One set of photos showed a black man wearing a black shirt with a Charlotte Hornets logo, black basketball shorts with red trim and a dark baseball cap. Another set showed a man in a grayish ball cap, a grayish Nike shirt, grayish shoes and long dark pants.

Howard was booked into jail around 4 p.m. Thursday on suspicion of one count of voyeurism in the Kmart case. The other incidents remain under investigation. Search warrants were being served Thursday, police said in a brief statement about the arrest.

Howard was identified through a tip from the public, said Sgt. Mike Scanlon. He spoke at length with detectives and corroborated details that helped in the investigation, police said. Detectives expect that Howard will soon be facing more charges of voyeurism.

Voter records and newspaper archives show Howard lived in Salisbury, N.C., as recently as 2013.

The name of the suspect was corrected Dec. 15, 2016. Police initially released the wrong name.

Caleb Hutton: 360-715-2276, @bhamcaleb

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