Police Investigating Man Taking Pictures Of Child In Target

From our news partners at KAKE:

An official with the Wichita Police Department says authorities are investigating the report of a man taking pictures of a 10-year-old girl at a local Target store.

Officers were called at around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday to the report of a disturbance at the Target at 2727 North Maize Road, in New Market Square. Officer Charley Davidson said a 35-year-old woman told officers she was shopping with her daughter when she saw a man taking pictures of them through the clothing racks. 

"The female yelled for help and the individual fled the store on foot," Officer Davidson said. 

The man left in a blue 1980s model Cadillac El Dorado. 

Aggie Nickelson posted on Facebook about Tuesday's incident.

"Sick to my stomach," she told KAKE News. "Sick to my stomach because I don't know what all he got pictures of. I could see the camera. My adrenaline took over. I was very angry because this is my innocent child."

Nickelson's post has been shared more than 16,000 times as of Wednesday afternoon. 

Detectives with the Exploited and Missing Child Unit are investigating and working to determine whether a crime was committed. Davidson said investigators have potentially identified the individual. 

"There's no law against taking a picture in a public place," Officer Davidson said. "It happens every weekend at sporting events...vacationing. Things like that. But we can't look at every case as a blanket. We have to look at each case individually."

Officer Davidson urges people in similar situations to call police so they can investigate.

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