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Publix peeper caught spying on woman in stall

TAMPA, Florida - It was the last thing Carol Draper was expecting.

The 54-year-old Tampa Publix employee had the scare of her life when she was on the job Monday night.  Draper works in the seafood department at the Publix store located on Hillsborough Avenue.

The West Virginia native was in the ladies room on a bathroom break around 6:30 p.m. when she looked up and noticed a man staring down at her.

Draper, described as "feisty," had one of two choices - take off running or stay and fight.

The "tough as nails" employee chose the latter.

"She screamed, went around to the other stall, grabbed him by the collar and dragged him to the manager's office," said Hillsborough Sheriff's Spokesperson J.D. Callway.

A 24-year-old named Matthew Melton was arrested on misdemeanor charges of voyeurism. He got out of jail late Monday night.

Melton, it turns out, has a history of doing this sort of thing. 10 News did a story on Melton in February 2007 when his neighbors say he was spying on them and stealing their mail. In fact, they installed security cameras to catch him during one of what they call his exploits.

Deputies believe that Melton most likely has done this to other women, possibly in public places.

Callway said, "It's bad enough he's a peeping Tom. What other plans does he have?  That's what worries us.  We want to hear from other people if they recognize him."

10 News knocked on the door at Melton's home near the Publix where the peeping incident took place. There were voices inside, but no one came to the door.

Draper would not go on camera today. However, 10 News spoke with her husband, Jesse Rodriguez, who told us, "The media attention was too much for her.  She went to my sister's house in Brooksville."

He added, "I was worried about her. But, she's tough. She knows how to handle herself."

Hillsborough deputies are telling the public to come forward and call the Sheriff's Office if anyone has been a victim of Matthew Melton.

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