FORT WORTH, Texas — A 45-year-old man arrested in an incident at Fort Worth's Hulen Mall on Christmas Eve is accused of trying to take photos or video of a woman in a restroom, and then pointing a weapon at someone who intervened, police said.
Douglas Egan faces charges of aggravated assault and improper photo/video in a bath/dress room, according to a Fort Worth police news release.
The incident was initially reported by police as a woman saying a man tried to shoot her at the mall on Christmas Eve. The incident forced the mall to be locked down for a period of time, and multiple witnesses reported seeing a man with a gun chasing a woman at the mall.
According to an update from police Monday, the incident started when a woman said she saw a cell phone pointing at her from underneath a bathroom stall at the mall. The woman then confronted the suspect, who police said was described as a man who was dressed to look like a woman.
Per the police, the suspect then tried to leave the mall, and the woman pursued him. Another man who witnessed the incident then tried to intervene and stop the suspect from leaving, police said.
The suspect, later identified as Egan, then reached into a backpack and "brandished what appeared to be a handgun and pointed it as the male witness," police said.
Witnesses saw the suspect then leave the mall, the release said. Police said those witnesses reported seeing the suspect "changing his clothes," and that he had a handgun in his waistband.
Police located the suspect near the mall and found that he had a pepper ball gun.
No injuries were reported during the incident.
According to online records, Egan is a registered sex offender.