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Man arrested, charged with taking upskirt photos at Rockville car wash

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ROCKVILLE, Md. (WJLA) – Montgomery County police say Adam El-Ghoul, 29, of Frederick, used his cell phone to snap a photo, up the skirt of a middle-aged woman, while she paid a cashier at the Flagship Car Wash in Rockville.

Around 10 a.m. on June 25, surveillance cameras captured El-Ghoul driving his boss' Mercedes Benz SUV to the popular full-service car wash near the corner of Bou and Chapman Avenues.

While the sleek silver-colored SUV was soaked and scrubbed, El-Ghoul walked inside the car wash and used his credit card to pay attendant Sylvia Monroy.

According to charging documents, the 29-year-old later returned to the register area, where he crouched down behind a 48-year-old North Potomac woman, reached between her legs with his cell phone – and snapped away.

"She's feeling his hand, his hand between her legs. Oh, she was so mad," Monroy, who's manned the car wash register for years, recalled.

In fact, charging documents say the woman turned around, looked at El-Ghoul and yelled: “What the [expletive] are you doing?”

El-Ghoul defensively replied, “I’m not [expletive] doing anything,” and then shuffled out to his car, and drove-off. But it was no clean getaway, as El-Ghoul had paid for his car wash with a credit card, and surveillance cameras had captured the silver Mercedes Benz's license plate number.

When officers found the landscape salesman later that day, he allegedly said: "It’s probably because of the crazy lady at the car wash.”

"What would go through your mind to think that would be remotely possible, let alone okay, let alone something you'd even attempt," car wash customer Rebecca Geshelin said.

"It's a cheap thrill. Unfortunately in today's society, that's what some people stoop to," car wash customer Indira Turner added.

On Friday, no one answered the door at the Frederick townhouse where El-Ghoul lives with his wife. Neighbors however, shared their surprise:

"Oh my God! That's not what I got out of his personality. He seemed to be a very family-oriented person. His wife and him just did their yard," Juoaquina Latty remarked.

"He was friendly, he had a dog," Kenya Onley said. "Like I said, seemed like a quiet, hard-working guy from what I know of him...He just didn't seem like the type."

When ABC 7's Kevin Lewis later spoke with El-Ghoul on the phone, the 29-year-old claimed he had needed to tie his shoelace and bent down to do so -- when his back suddenly gave out.

El-Ghoul said he had a cell phone in his hand at the time because he was working. He then made a grunting noise while in a crouched position, which reportedly is what caused the woman to turn around. El-Ghoul insists that he is a victim of racial profiling because he is Middle Eastern.

"I did nothing wrong, I bent down, I never touched the lady," El-Ghoul said on the phone. "I don't know who the hell she is, never seen her, never met her. It's so frustrating to be dealing with all this stuff."

El-Ghoul is facing one count of second degree assault, and one count of attempted fourth degree sex offense. His next court date is Aug. 11 at 8:30 a.m. in Montgomery County District Court.

 

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