BPD: Starbucks suspect also filmed house guests

6-25-13-starbucks secret camera-closeup
A close-up view of the secret camera discovered inside a Sherwood Starbucks Coffee bathroom in May. (KOIN 6 News)

TUALATIN, Ore. (KOIN) — The man accused of recording people in a Sherwood Starbucks bathroom is a local business man with homes in Tualatin and Bend, Ore.,

State real estate authorities confirm Richard Ipsen, 60, has been a real estate broker in Oregon for the past three years. He would buy homes and flip them, his former co-workers told KOIN 6 News.

Richard Eugene Ipsen, 59, of Tualatin is accused of putting a hidden camera in the bathroom of a Sherwood Starbucks. He was arrested June 25, 2013. (Washington County Jail)
Richard Eugene Ipsen, 59, of Tualatin is accused of putting a hidden camera in the bathroom of a Sherwood Starbucks. He was arrested June 25, 2013. (Washington County Jail)

Sherwood police began investigating the Starbucks hidden-camera case on May 1. That’s when a Sherwood Starbucks Coffee Co. worker discovered the camera — recording patrons in the unisex restroom. Surveillance images of the suspect, released to the public, were used to help police identify Ipsen as their suspect.

He turned himself in Tuesday.

“It’s a relief,” said Starbucks customer Kathy Rice after learning a suspect was in custody, “but it’s creepy at the same time.”

Ipsen was recently a broker with Fairplay Realty in Beaverton, where employees told KOIN 6 News they never suspected a thing.

Workers at Fairplay Realty said Ipsen quite suddenly. His real estate license was inactive as of June 13, according to real estate authorities, and he has no current real estate listings.

In the past, he also worked for Keller Williams Realty.

6-25-13-starbucks secret camera
A view of the secret camera, made to look like a standard-issue AC adapter, discovered inside a Sherwood Starbucks Coffee bathroom in May. (KOIN 6 News)

The 60-year-old is now out of jail. KOIN 6 News tried to reach him for comment at his Tualatin home, but no one answered.

Ipsen has another home in Bend, at 2325 NW Lolo Drive. Bend detectives said they have evidence that at least some of his house guests also were recorded in the Bend home’s bathroom.

“There were recordings of house guests as they used the toilet and shower,” the Bend Police Department reported.

Ipsen now stands charged in Washington County with eight counts Invasion of Personal Privacy and eight counts of Attempted Invasion of Personal Privacy. He’s scheduled to be in court next week.

Sherwood police said they have not had any complaints from Ipsen’s former clients. However, they’re asking anyone who may have had an experience related to the hidden camera case to contact them.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s