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NEWPORT NEWS -- A Newport News man was arrested after allegedly committing an obscene sexual act in the food department at Walmart.

Police say on April 10, 23-year-old Shawn Ellis used his cell phone to video tape up a woman's dress at the Walmart in the 2000 block of Lynnhaven Parkway in Virginia Beach.

Police say that when the woman realized what he was doing, Ellis fled

When the victim went to report the incident to management, Ellis was already in custody.

Walmart management released Ellis during the investigation.

Ellis was arrested Friday in the 9700 block of Jefferson Avenue. He is charged with unlawful videotaping and masturbating in public.

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