LAWNDALE - Faced with eviction, a man allegedly pulled down his pants and dared his land-lord to "Take a picture of this, you (expletive deleted)."
So the landlord did.
Harold Dean Jones said Tuesday that a man landed residency in a rental trailer on Carriage Court by recommendation from a preacher. But the man apparently wasn't a model tenant. Jones said he didn't pay off the rent and left the home a mess, so he made the decision to evict.
"He threatened to take the appliances with him," Jones said. When it came time to move, Jones called the man's bluff and drove to where he could see if anything was taken from the home. He brought a camera in case he could get evidence of anything being taken. "He got aggravated," said Jones.
With teenage grandchildren nearby, Jones claimed the man "jerked down his pants," grabbed himself and yelled. "Nobody would have been looking around if he hadn't hollered. He turned himself around for everyone to see," Jones said. "There's something wrong with anybody that would do something like that."
Armed with the camera, Jones apparently nabbed evidence of the alleged exposure on Sunday. "Got a picture of him exposed ...," he said. Jones said he showed the photo to two officers but added it wasn't taken in as evidence.
"I attempted but they were not interested," Jones said. A report from the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office indicates officials charged Jonathan Edward Nicholson, 18, of Carriage Court, with misdemeanor indecent exposure.
A warrant for Nicholson's arrest states he "willfully did expose his private parts ... in a public place."
A Gaston County native, Nicholson went to jail Sunday and received a $1,000 bond. Jones added this was the last time he would ever try to rent to someone. "I'm done," he added.