PALMDALE (CBSLA) — Authorities need help Friday to identify a man they say was taking upskirt photos of a woman as she waited for a train in Palmdale.

The disturbing incident was caught on surveillance video at the Palmdale Metrolink Station on July 31.

(credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department)

Surveillance video shows a man standing behind a woman as a Metrolink train arrives. Despite other people in line behind him, the video shows him bending down and lowering his phone beneath the woman’s dress, a flash visible at one point beneath the skirt.

“She was in shock when the incident happened,” said Capt. Ronald Shaffer with the LA County Sheriffs.

He said when the man touched her leg she turned and got a good look at the man and screamed.

The woman apparently became aware and turned around quickly, swinging the jacket on her arm around to clear her hemline. He was seen straightening up and looking as his phone nonchalantly as she looked at him and slowly backed away.

Despite the fact the woman screamed, authorities said no one jumped in to help.

“No,” says Shaffer, “and that’s the surprising thing that you see on video is people are just standing there.”

The woman continued on to board the train, while he walked away back toward the station.

Authorities told CBS2/KCAL9’s Greg Mills one possible scenario is that people nearby did not hear the woman react as the train pulled in.

The suspect was described a black man in his 30s wearing a teal button-down shirt, black shorts, a blue baseball cap and black socks with black sandals with white stripes.

Authorities are hoping someone recognizes the suspect and calls them.

Anyone with information about his identity can call Detective Nisenoff at (661) 272-2465.

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