A homeless man was arrested early Wednesday for exposing himself to a gas station clerk in Martinez who refused his request for a free beverage.
Dalton Whitehead, 25, was charged with two counts of public indecency and booked into the Columbia County Detention Center, where he remained Wednesday afternoon on a $2,200 bond.
Whitehead had entered the EnMarket on Bobby Jones Expressway around 2 a.m. Wednesday and asked for a free drink. The employee told him he would have to pay.
The suspect began cursing and yelling at the woman. A customer stepped in and told the homeless man to leave. He stepped outside and flipped off the clerk and man, a sheriff’s report says.
“Whitehead lowered his pants and exposed his penis” to the clerk and customer. “Whitehead walked back into the business and stated to them that he would return with a weapon.”
The male customer followed Whitehead to a neighboring parking lot, where Whitehead exposed himself again and shouted “shoot me mother***er,” the report says.
Whitehead told deputies that he never exposed himself, only slightly lowering his pants.
The suspect is well known to local law enforcement. He was charged in March with aggravated stalking of an Augusta woman, violating a temporary protective order by coming to her house and looking in her car. He got two months in jail for that one and 10 months of probation.
Whitehead also has convictions for theft by taking in Richmond County as well as two counts of burglary in Columbia County from 2015. He was later picked up for violation probation on the burglary convictions.