JOLIET, Ill. (STMW) — A Naperville restaurant worker who was arrested and charged with using his cell phone to surreptitiously film a woman in a restroom has failed for the second time to appear in court to answer charges in that case.
Meliton Andrade, of Woodridge, was freed on $1,500 bond following his arrest. He did not appear as scheduled on April 3 or last Wednesday in Will County Circuit Court in Joliet.
A bond forfeiture warrant was issued Wednesday in the case, according to court records. Andrade, 45, is now considered to be a fugitive from justice.
Naperville police arrested Andrade about 8:55 p.m. March 12 at his home.
Police had been called earlier that evening to the Taco Fresco restaurant at 2860 Showplace Drive. The restaurant is in the Naperville Crossings shopping center at 95th Street and Route 59 on the city’s far southwest side.
A police spokesman in March said officers were met there by a woman who had found a camera lens mounted on a door of the women’s restroom beneath a “trap cover.” While she was inside the restroom, the woman said she looked behind the cover and found an activated cell phone that had been filming her, the spokesman said.
The woman went to the restaurant’s manager following her discovery. The spokesman said police determined Andrade worked there and that the cell phone was his.
An examination of court documents showed Andrade has no criminal record in Will, DuPage or Kane counties.
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