Peeping Tom at Popular "Patys" Restaurant

A police investigation has begun after someone was allegedly caught using a cell phone camera to record people using the bathroom of a famous restaurant in the Hollywood area.

The incident took place at Patys, a popular eatery in Toluca Lake, a neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles, California, located on Riverside Drive.

Patys' website describes the institution as a family business that has been operating for more than sixty years. The restaurant boasts of having hosted many celebrities during its time, ranging from old classics like Bob Hope and John Wayne to modern sensations like Miley Cyrus and Steve Carell. Many important Hollywood deals have also taken place in its famous "Green Room."

A patron of the restaurant found a cell phone camera in the establishment's unisex bathroom and called a waitress' attention to it. The device was apparently traced to an employee, who management says was immediately fired.

In a statement released on Friday, October 6, 2017, the restaurant said that “All of us at Patys were shocked to discover the presence of a hidden cell phone camera in one of our bathrooms, placed there without anyone’s knowledge. We immediately contacted the Los Angeles Police Department who took the cell phone into their custody and have opened an investigation.”

They added that “This has been an unspeakable act that has shaken us to our core,” and affirmed that they intend to work with law enforcement officials to make sure that the culprit is prosecuted to “the fullest extent of the law.”

It has been confirmed that the cell phone camera did manage to record some employees and/or patrons using the restroom facilities prior to it being found.

Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Officer Tony Im also confirmed on Friday that an investigation about the matter is ongoing. Neither the alleged Peeping Tom nor anyone else has currently been arrested, however.

Though word of the matter was released on Friday, it is unclear when exactly the incident took place; a detective of the Los Angeles Police Department's North Hollywood Division, John Perez, had commented that “an incident did happen there” earlier last week, however. At the time he was unwilling to offer further details, as he was still conducting interviews on the matter.

Apparently, multiple servers at the restaurant have gone on record saying that they quit after the camera was first discovered.



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