OWASSO -- Parents in Owasso are on high alert after they said they caught a man taking pictures of their daughter in front of their home.
The incident sent panic and fear through the family after the encounter turned verbally aggressive.
Kam Tafolla said an ordinary day quickly turned into a nightmare.
“It was really scary,” Tafolla said. “I think the scariest part about it is knowing that the guy has our images."
Tafolla's 15-year-old daughter, Zowi, was coming home from school when she spotted her mother in the driveway.
“She comes across the yard, and she noticed me in the car,” Tafolla said. “[She] came over to the window. I rolled it down and we started chatting about our day.”
But that chatter was interrupted, when a man in a blue cavalier pulled up to their house and began snapping pictures with his phone. The Tafolla's monitored the situation until it became uncomfortable.
“And then he started taking pictures of her,” Zowi’s mom said, motioning to her daughter.
Zowi said she confronted the man and his demeanor changed.
“I was scared,” Zowi said. “Nothing like that has ever happened.”
She said the man claims he wasn't taking pictures of the young girl, but instead was taking pictures of the house for the loan company, Fannie Mae. Zowi's mom wasn't buying it.
“He definitely was more focused on her at the way the camera angle was," she said.
Kam Tafolla intervened and asked the man to stop, but she said he refused, claiming he was on official business.
“He proceeded to tell me, ‘No I’m from Fannie Mae. You're not authorized to know anything else. I have more rights to be here than you do."
However, the Tafolla's house loan isn't through Fannie Mae and the company said they would never send anyone out to take pictures of your home without notifying you first.
When the family demanded the man to leave, they said he become verbally aggressive.
“He called me a b**** and got all aggressive with me,” Zowi said. “And started taking more pictures."
Eventually police were called to the home, and the man left. Owasso police told the family this isn't the first time they've heard this story and are familiar with the man.
In fact, after posting about the horrifying incident on Facebook, the Tafolla's learned several other people have experienced odd encounters with the man as well.
“He has our address, he took pictures of my license, and more importantly, he took multiple pictures of her,” Kam Tafolla said.
The family said they want other parents in Owassso to be aware of this man. If you experience something similar, you're asked to please call police.
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