LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Mike Lovelace coaches a youth baseball team. They practice at Morris Frank Park near Airport Avenue. There, on Monday afternoon, he spotted something going on in a car.
"I passed one of the vehicles," said Lovelace. "I noticed a man in his vehicle masturbating, probably a hundred feet from a playground here that all the kids frequent."
Instinct kicked in.
"I approached his vehicle, tried to open the driver's side door," said Lovelace. "It was locked. The window was rolled up. I beat on his window. You know at that time, he put his vehicle in reverse and started backing up and when he did, I noticed the driver's side window was down. I ran around to the driver's side and tried to get in the car to grab his keys, I couldn't get his keys. At this point, he was past reverse and fixing to go forward. So he did, and he exited the ballpark pretty quick, you know he was gone. I went and dialed 911."
He said you could tell the man was up to no good.
"Actually, he was parked in this very location," Lovelace said motioning to a parking spot. "From what I felt like, so he could angle his vehicle to see the playground."
If he could have caught up to him, he said, "I think I would've beat his butt...that's what he needed."
For the father of two, the incident is beyond belief.
"I mean, that is just a sick individual that would do that," he said. "I mean, that's the hardest part, knowing that, you know, in front of your kids. I mean it's just sickening."
He said he is no hero. He was just being a father.
"I didn't do anything, I mean I wish I could've caught him, you know, myself," said the Coach.
However, he did catch the man he believes is responsible when he picked Brian Johnson out of a police lineup.
Johnson was also booked back in December for Indecent Exposure.