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Ex-volleyball coach accused of shooting 'upskirt' photos at mall

John PuncelA 49-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of using his cellphone to take "upskirt" photos of a woman on a Glendale Galleria escalator.

Police who witnessed the incident immediately tried to detain John Puncel, who allegedly pulled away in an attempt to keep his phone, according to the Glendale News-Press, citing police reports.

Officers also saw Puncel allegedly press buttons on the phone as they tried to grab him.

One of the officers suffered a cut and complained of pain as a result of his struggle with Puncel, police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.

The cellphone camera, which was still recording when police arrested Puncel, showed his fingers, then the woman’s legs and buttocks, according to police reports.

Officers later talked to the woman, who told officers she was in shock and didn’t know Puncel.

Puncel was arrested on suspicion of possessing nude photographs of a girl under 18 simulating sexual conduct, secretly recording under the clothing of another person without consent, battery on a police officer and resisting arrest.

Several men have been arrested in that area of the mall in connection with using their cellphones to record up the skirts of women using the second-level escalator.

In 2005, Puncel worked for a year as an assistant women’s volleyball coach at Pasadena City College, said Robert Lewis, the school’s sports information spokesman. He is also listed as a board member for the San Gabriel Valley Football Officials Assn.

Anyone with information is asked to call Glendale police at (818) 548-3106.

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-- Veronica Rocha, Times Community News

Photo: John Puncel. Credit: Glendale Police Department

 
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