Cell phone camera found recording in restaurant bathroom stall

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A Sunday night dinner, part of Houston's Restaurants Week, ended with a disturbing find at the Mockingbird Bistro. A patron claimed she found a cell phone camera recording her using a restroom inside the upscale establishment. She told Eyewitness News she looked up and saw the phone wedged inside ceiling tiles. She grabbed it, ran out, told management, and called Houston police.

Restaurant owner and executive chef John Sheely told us by phone that he's disturbed, outraged and saddened by the find. He said the phone belonged to an employee. Sheely identified the former worker as Gerardo Andrade.

The patron explained she turned the phone over to HPD. Andrade was cuffed and taken away Sunday evening.

On Monday, Andrade remained in a jail. He faced an "improper photography/visual recording" charge. His bond was sat at $52,000.

Sheely also issued the following statement:

    "I am both absolutely shocked and sorely dismayed to learn that one our employees at Mockingbird was involved in this incident. We offer our deepest apologies to the guest directly affected.

    The managers dealt with the situation as soon as it was brought to their attention. The police were notified and the suspected employee in question was immediately terminated and arrested. The event occurred in a secondary upstairs space, infrequently used by guests.

    While the police authorities investigate this for possible charges, we are cooperating in every way. That includes conducting our own internal investigation.

    The entire Mockingbird family is deeply saddened and affected by this event. The trust that our diners have placed in us over the years is extremely important and we will continue to strive to maintain that trust in light of what transpired."


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