After scare in public bathroom, angry victim wants more charges against alleged peeper

February 5, 2019
Brooklyn Smith

Kelly Morton says she was in a bathroom stall at the Food Lion when a man cut the lights and slid in under the door.

“The next thing you know, I saw fingers and eyes, and he said, ‘Sweetie, don’t move or I’ll kill you,’” Morton said.

She thought she was going to be raped or killed.

“At that time I kind of froze,” she said. “I didn’t know what to do.”

Morton said she shoved the man, then went running through the store, yelling for help.

When the man came out of the restroom, Morton says she chased him to the parking lot outside the Food Lion store near Cliffdale and Rim Roads, and her boyfriend found him hiding behind a dumpster.

Brooklyn Smith, 25, who is homeless, faces several charges, including a felony: secret peeping. He saw his bond raised Monday from $6,500 to $30,000.

Morton doesn’t think that is enough for the scare he gave her. She said detectives told her about another incident involving the same suspect.

“There was another victim before me earlier that evening,” she said.

Police say Smith entered a Dairy Queen on Cliffdale Road not far from the Food Lion store, grabbed an employee by the arm then chased her around the counter into the back of the store. He fled before authorities arrived.

Morton said her scare lingers.

“I really don’t want to think about it,” she said. “Yesterday I had to go in Food lion and pick up some things, and it just so happened I had to walk by the bathroom, and I wasn’t really thinking about it, but when I got back there I got really nervous.”

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