A Texas man hid a camera inside of a satchel bag and pointed it up the skirt of at least one woman watching a Carnival parade downtown this weekend before he was arrested, New Orleans police said.
A paradegoer standing at the corner of St. Charles Avenue and Poydras Street about 6 p.m. Sunday spotted a man later identified as Diego Figueroa, 41, standing "very close" to her daughter, holding a black leather satchel bag near her lower legs.
The daughter moved onto the other side of her friend after her mother told her to watch out. When Figueroa tried to inch closer, the daughter noticed there was a small camera that was inside the bag and aimed up the friend's skirt, police said.
Figueroa, of Rancho Viejo, Texas, began walking away when he realized he had been busted. But the woman who caught him waved down an officer standing in the area, according to police.
Figueroa was jailed on a count of video voyeurism, which can carry up to two years in prison. His bond was set at $5,000, and he had apparently posted it for his release by Tuesday morning.
Records indicate Figueroa was working as an assistant biology professor at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley when he was arrested. Attempts to contact him Tuesday were unsuccessful, but an attorney representing Figueroa said he "maintains his innocence."
"The facts of the case are still coming out out, and no charges have been filed at this time," lawyer David Gremillion said. "He has only been arrested ... and is looking forward to his day in court."