Police arrest man accused of recording children in Palm Bay restroom

Suspect ID'd as Jonathan Kelvin Montaque, 20, of Palm Bay

By James Sparvero - Reporter, Daniel Dahm - Digital Manager

PALM BAY, Fla. - Palm Bay police said Tuesday that a man accused of recording video of two children inside the women's restroom at a Walgreens store has been arrested.

Police tweeted that Jonathan Kelvin Montaque, 20, of Palm Bay, was arrested in connection with the incident, which was reported Friday at the Walgreens at 5245 Babcock St. 

A store employee said that a boy and a girl, both younger than age 10, entered the women's restroom, and a man, who was already in the restroom, recorded video of them through the space in the stall door, according to Palm Bay police.

The children told the store employee about the incident, and the worker confronted the man, who was still in the restroom, police said. 

The man, later identified as Montaque, then ran from the store, police said.

"We want to remind parents to keep a close eye on your children while out shopping or in public," police said in a news release. "In larger restrooms, make sure you go in with your children. In small, single restrooms, we recommend that you wait in front of the door for your child to come out."

On Wednesday, Montaque appeared before a Brevard County judge who assigned the suspect a $10,000 bond under conditions including that he cannot go to the Walgreens or use any electronic device to take pictures or record videos.

Montaque's father, Larry McGowan, told News 6 that his son is falsely accused.

"I'm extremely confident, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that my son's innocent," McGowan said in an interview at the family's Palm Bay house.

McGowan acknowledged that Montaque is the man seen on the store's surveillance camera video released by police, but he said there's no proof his son recorded the kids through the crack of a stall.

McGowan said his son may have made an honest mistake using the women's bathroom instead of the men's.

"As far as being a peeping Tom goes, I know my son will be exonerated," he said.

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