VERMILION — A local man who is a registered Tier III sex offender has been charged with voyeurism after he was found inside a women’s restroom at a local restaurant.
Angelo Collado, 34, of Vermilion, was arraigned in Vermilion Municipal Court on Tuesday. He was scheduled to return for a pretrial hearing Oct. 27.
According to Vermilion police Lt. Richard Labis, Collado allegedly hid in a stall in the women’s restroom of the Quaker Steak & Lube restaurant on Liberty Avenue on Sunday night. Police were called about 10:15 p.m. after a woman using the bathroom noticed him.
“She was in a stall and noticed men’s shoes in the stall next to her,” Labis said. “The next thing she knew, she saw a man peeking underneath the stall.”
The woman told police she first saw a pair of shiny black tennis shoes with flat black tops in a handicapped stall when she walked into the bathroom two hours earlier.
Despite feeling they were men’s shoes, she told police she didn’t think much about it until she returned to the bathroom two hours later, where she entered a stall next to the handicapped stall. Police said it was then that she saw a man with black wavy hair looking under the stall she was in.
By the time the woman was dressed again, she said the man had looked at her three times, according to police.
The woman ran from the bathroom and reported the incident to a manager, who called police.
Collado told police he mistakenly walked into the women’s restroom but was afraid to leave right away after hearing girls’ voices for fear of frightening them. The man said he remained in the bathroom until the girls left, and then walked to the men’s restroom.
According to the Ohio attorney general’s Web site, Collado is a registered sexual offender. He was convicted in 1994 for the attempted rape of a boy in Fairfield County, serving 13 years in prison before being paroled in 2007.
In June 2008, Collado was charged with voyeurism and criminal tools by Lorain police after police said he videotaped a 10-year-old girl at Lakeview Beach from a wooded area nearby. At the time, police said Collado had also shot video from inside a Lakeview Park bathroom.
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