Posted by: Ann Corcoran | September 20, 2012

Is there no journalistic curiosity about the Takoma Park “up-skirter?”

The what? you ask!  The “up-skirter!”  Never heard of an “up-skirter?”  Well, to tell you the truth neither had I until “up-skirting” happened in Takoma Park.

Now, you might discount some weird thing going on with an immigrant in Takoma Park, often referred to as the ‘peoples republic of Takoma Park,’ where illegal aliens are permitted to vote and diversity is beautiful.  And, where the city holds the dubious distinction as an “underground railroad station” that harbored Central American communists and became the birthplace of Casa de Maryland.

But, does no reporter have the slightest bit of interest about how Silver Spring resident Tapha Masai Nyang came to be “up-skirting” in Takoma Park?

All right already!  I guess you want to know what “up-skirting” is before we go on to more questions.  Mr. Nyang had a specially modified back pack in which he had poked a peep hole through which his cell phone camera could shoot up ladies skirts when he got sufficiently close to the skirt he wished to shoot up.

One report says he might have gotten a portfolio of 50 victims before he was apprehended earlier this month (he made the mistake of trying to get one woman on two subsequent days and she became suspicious).  I bet your first question is, how did that many women allow this guy to get close enough to bump them upside their legs with his specially modified back pack?  A follow-up question might be—-are we going to see some interesting youtube clips anytime soon?

Before I ask my questions, here is the story.

SILVER SPRING, Md. (WUSA) – Takoma Park Police announced the arrest of a man who had been ‘up-skirting’ or videotaping up women’s skirts at or near the Takoma Park Metro station.

Tapha Masai Nyang, 26, of Silver Spring, was arrested after August and September reports by women complaining that a suspect had been videotaping up their skirts with his cell phone.

On August 15, 2012, at approximately 5:43 p.m., police responded to the 6800 block of Eastern Avenue for a report by a victim who said that while she was outside, a man approached her asking for directions to College Park. The victim recognized the man as the same person who approached her the previous day, between 7:15-7:45 p.m.,  at the Takoma metro station platform, also requesting directions. She said that the suspect’s actions were odd on both days, as he kept brushing his backpack against her leg.

She tried to put distance between herself and the suspect, but he continued his actions. During the encounter on August 14, the victim said even after she boarded the Metro, the suspect continued to follow her, but stayed on the train when she left at her stop.

The following day, the suspect acknowledged having run into the victim the previous day. The suspect again began asking for directions, and again stayed close to her with his backpack, brushing it against her leg.  [He must have liked what he saw the previous day to risk it again!—ed]  The victim noticed that the suspect ‘s cell phone was recording underneath her skirt, through a hole in his backpack. She tried to take the backpack from the suspect and it ripped. The suspect picked up the backpack and cell phone and fled on foot on Eastern Avenue towards New Hampshire Avenue.

The victim notified police.

Read it all and also the follow-up story in the Gazette.

Here we go, this is what I want to know:

* Where is Mr. Nyang from?  Not a word in either story.

* Where did he get such a creative idea?  Is this one of those ‘diversity is beautiful’ skills immigrants bring to America?

* Had the ‘Takoma Park Peeper’ recently undergone any treatment for mental problems?  Maybe this is some new form of treatment?

* Is Mr. Nyang employed or are we providing him with food and housing so he doesn’t have to work and can pursue his unique hobby?

* What is his immigration status?  Is Mr. Nyang in America illegally?

* If he is here legally, what LEGAL program brought him here in the first place?

* Is he one of thousands of refugees resettled in Maryland?

* Is he an asylum seeker, or has he already been granted asylum?

* Is he here on a student visa?

* Is he here on one of the many legal work permit visas?

* Is he a Liberian with Temporary Protected Status?

I’m curious, but I have come to accept the fact that someone arrested on criminal charges who doesn’t appear to be an American will never be identified as anything other than a regular old American guy just like you!



  1. Is or was he a security Guard at the red cross on E Street?
    He looks familiar…

    • What!!!! A security guard!

  2. I’ll try to answer some of your questions, but keep in mind this is pure speculation on my part.
    Since the news media won’t mention it, the name Nyang implies to me to be Asian; Vietnamese, Korean, Cambodia, something like that, its definetly not Japanese, Chinese, or any of the Russian names.

    The U.S. is big on letting countries send refugees here that we are, or were, at war with, i.e. Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, but it could be others.

    Where did he get the idea to “upskirt?” Thats easy. I won’t announce publicly, but if you really want to know, contact me privately and I will send you to a website. If you choose to go there to see what’s really going on in the world, be prepared to vomit.

    What is his legal status? I’m guessing that he is here legally, like I said, we tend to invite those that we are at “conflict” with.

    In any event, what a fun post.

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