Published: Mar 28, 2014 4:10 PM EDT

CAPE CORAL, Fla.- Cape Coral Police arrested Christopher Cole, 25, yesterday just after 7:00 p.m. after allegedly staring at a woman while masturbating in a Hess Gas Station bathroom.

Police made contact with the suspect at a nearby Lee Tran Bus Station, where he claimed he only used the gas station's restroom. But the victim told officers she was charging her phone in the hallway when Cole entered the bathroom. She said he was looking at her, and shortly after, she noticed the door opening and closing. Soon, she said Cole appeared, masturbating through the open bathroom door. The event reportedly traumatized the woman, who said she was afraid to leave the store.

Surveillance video footage showed the events as described by the victim, but Cole denied the events, according to his arrest report.

Police found a sticky substance on the floor in the hallway, in front of the bathroom door. Officers also found the bathroom door was in working order and did not open and close on its own.

Cole was arrested for indecent exposure and for disturbing the peace.