‘Peeping Tom’ suspect skips court, may have gone to India

‘Peeping Tom’ suspect skips court, may have gone to India

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Daniel Zakkam

Officials believe an accused “Peeping Tom” may not be in the United States after he missed a court appearance Wednesday morning. 

Daniel Zakkam’s attorney told court officials that her client “went back to India,” Forsyth County District Attorney Penny Penn said. 

Zakkam, 39, of Duluth, was arrested in March after he allegedly videotaped a woman in a Kohl’s dressing room in Forsyth County, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. He was indicted on an eavesdropping and surveillance/unlawful acts charge Oct. 25. 

Deputies responded March 8 to the department store on Peachtree Parkway after a woman said she saw a man videotaping her with a smartphone from an adjoining dressing room, Forsyth County Sheriff’s Deputy Doug Rainwater said.

“When she confronted the male, he attempted to leave the store,” Rainwater said. “She followed him, and before he left the store she was able to take a picture of him with her smartphone.”

Zakkam was arrested at his home two weeks later. A bench warrant has been issued for his arrest, Penn said. 

Zakkam is just the latest suspect to have reportedly skipped court. 

Fulton County authorities are looking for Maurice Nesbitt after he was a no-show during the final day of his trial. Nesbitt was found guilty of killing ex-girlfriend Rashawn Jackson on Oct. 2. 

It wasn’t Nesbitt’s first time evading authorities.

After he was granted bond in the murder case, he failed to appear for a September 2016 plea and arraignment hearing. He was arrested later that month. It is not clear why he was granted bond. 

Fulton County authorities are also searching for Charles Pinckney, a former DeKalb County corrections officer convicted of raping a 15-year-old girl at his apartment. 

Pinckney was a no-show in court during the closing arguments of his trial Friday. U.S. Marshals have joined the search for him. 

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