A Sunday afternoon trip to the park for an Atlanta-area father turned into quite the harrowing experience after an alleged pervert began exposing himself to children at the playground.
Lovelace said his family was at the basketball courts at Trailblazer Park in Covington feeding the homeless, along with other members of his church, when a strange man showed up.
“…in his underwear and he proceeds to not act normal and it seemed like he was under the influence of something,” said Lovelace to Fox 5.
The man, identified as 21-year-old Josten Meeler, proceeded to drop his pants in front of the children. Lovelace and the other adults chased him off.
“It’s a family event, so everybody out here was pretty much frightened,” Lovelace told Channel 2. “So at that point and time, I go and get my firearm.”
Meeler would return. Although this time, he was completely naked.
“He was already touching people before he was naked so when he came up running directly toward the kids, that’s a problem. It could’ve went south if I didn’t have anything to defend myself. I didn’t know what he was capable of doing,” said Lovelace.
Lovelace held Meeler at gunpoint and recorded the encounter on his smartphone.
“It was a life-changing experience to be put in a situation like that. I don’t wish no one to be put in a situation like that,” said Lovelace.
Police arrived at the scene and took Meeler into custody at Newton County Jail. He was charged with child molestation, public indecency and being under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
As for Lovelace, he was thankful that he had the means to defend his family.
“I’m a family man. I had to protect my family by all means. Having my firearm and being licensed to carry definitely came in handy that day,” said Lovelace
How would you respond if you were at a park and a naked man started to harass your family?