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Yes! Subway perv caught on cell camera


Image from cell phone camera belonging to subway rider Thao Nguyen captures shot of man (below) she says leered at her and exposed himself aboard R train last week.

A big thumbs up for this use of cellphone cameras. After all the stories of pervs shooting up women’s skirts, here’s payback on the NYC Subway.

When a pervert exposed himself on a Manhattan subway last week, Thao Nguyen reached for her secret weapon – her camera phone. The quick-thinking 22-year-old snapped a shot of the smirking sicko, took it to cops and then posted it on the Internet.

Nguyen’s transformation from quiet Web developer to feisty crimefighter happened on an uptown R train the afternoon of Aug. 19. She was on her way back to work after a job interview when a middle-aged, blond-haired man dressed in a black shirt and jeans sat down across from her. “He kept staring at me,” she said. “I could feel his eyes on me. I wanted to avoid eye contact so I looked away, but I could see his reflection in the window. “I saw him massaging himself and then he unzipped and pulled it out. I thought, ‘I can’t believe he’s doing this in the middle of the day!’ “

The subway car was mostly empty and Nguyen felt nervous, so she pulled out her Samsung P777 cell phone, equipped with a 1.3 megapixel digital phone. “I turned on the camera,” she said. “He was still masturbating. I aimed it and quickly took the shot. As soon as I took it, he zipped up and got off the train.”

…”It’s great she took the picture; it’ll help with the investigation,” said NYPD Detective Kevin Czartoryski, who warned that a woman should be careful if the flasher sees her taking the picture. “If it can be done in a safe manner, it’d be helpful to locate the suspect,” said Czartoryski, a NYPD spokesman. “Common sense should be used when deciding if a picture can be taken.”

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