2 workers at phone-repair shop shared explicit images from customer’s phone, police say

Carlos Andres Espinoza (L), Brandon Gilmore Dewi Johnson (R)
Carlos Andres Espinoza (L), Brandon Gilmore Dewi Johnson (R) CCBI

Two men who work at a phone-repair store copied and shared sexual images from a female customer’s phone, Raleigh police say.

Police arrested Brandon Gilmore Dewi Johnson, 37, of Willow Spring and Carlos Andres Espinoza, 19, of Raleigh on Tuesday night at Batteries Plus Bulbs, the store where they work on Glenwood Avenue, records show.

Each was charged with disclosing private images with the intent to humiliate the woman. The woman was identifiable from the images, the charges said.

The “victim was engaged in sexual conduct” in the shared images, according to police.

The woman had brought the phone to the store for repairs, police spokeswoman Laura Hourigan said.

Police said the incident came to light because a friend of the woman’s was in the store accusing the men of tampering with her phone and threatening them.

The friend, 28-year-old Hashyya Harris, was cited by police for communicating threats. Then the investigation turned up the sharing of the images, Hourigan said.

Police said the men had shared the images with each other.

Espinoza was held in lieu of $5,000 bail. Johnson posted bail and was released.

Ron Gallagher 919-829-4572 @RPGKT