Police: Father chased down man who exposed himself in front of child at Meijer store

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A father chased a man inside a Meijer store on the northwest side after he said the man exposed himself in front of his 5-year-old son.

The father was using the restroom at the Meijer on Pike Plaza Road around 9 p.m. Tuesday. His son waited outside the stall, according to a report from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.

According to the report, the father left the stall to find another man—later identified as 30-year-old Curtis Smith of Indianapolis—fondling himself in front of the 5-year-old boy with his penis exposed.

Smith tried to run out of the restroom, but the boy’s father followed him, flagging down other customers for help while he called 911. He eventually stopped and caught the man, the report said.

A detective arrested Smith on preliminary charges of vicarious sexual gratification and sexual conduct in the presence of a minor.