Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman and Upper Merion Township Police Chief Ronald M. Fonock announced another arrest last Wednesday of Kornwell Chan for invasion of privacy, attempted invasion of privacy and disorderly conduct.
On Sept. 4, 2011, JC Penny loss prevention personnel observed a suspicious male (later identified as Chan) using a camera to look up a woman's dress. At the time of this incident, Chan’s identity was unknown and a flier was produced by Upper Merion Police Department with the suspect’s (Chan’s) image on it in an attempt to identify him.
On May 13, 2012, a loss prevention officer at Lord and Taylor in the King of Prussia Plaza, called Upper Merion Police to report that she saw a male in The Plaza near JC Penny who looked similar to the suspect (Chan) from the flier that was produced several months earlier.
Police officers located Chan at the mall and discovered that he was carrying a bag with a hidden camera inside of it.
Police reviewed the video inside of the camera, which revealed footage of Chan following a woman in the JC Penny store and continuously placing the hidden camera underneath her skirt, showing the woman’s underwear.
The defendant was previously arrested for burglary, criminal trespass, stalking, and related offenses on Jan. 19, 2012.
Chan’s bail was set at $100,000, which he posted prior to his most recently arrested.
The assigned assistant district attorney has filed a bail revocation motion due to his new criminal conduct. The bail revocation petition is pending before the Court of Common Pleas.
In the January 2012 case, Chan met the female victim at the Oreland train station and, over the ensuing weeks, engaged in a course of conduct that made the female so uncomfortable that she began to actively seek ways to avoid running into him during her morning commute.
In addition, Chan burglarized the victim’s home, stealing only her bras and panties. During his time in the victim’s home, Chan turned all of the family photographs face-down with the exception of a photograph of the victim. Her photograph was left upright and moved onto the dining room table.
Chan was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Juanita A. Price on May 16, 2012. A cash bail was set at $500,000.
The preliminary hearing will be held on 10 a.m. at Magisterial District Judge William I. Maruszczak, whose Court is located at 485 South Henderson Road in King of Prussia.
Assistant District Attorney Samantha Cauffman will be prosecuting the case for the Commonwealth.