August 26, 2013 NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – Newport News Police arrested a 43-year-old man on charges of indecent liberties with children after officers say he exposed himself to a group of girls.
Police say two 12-year-old girls and two 11-year-old girls were at the Wilco Hess gas station near Forrest Drive and Jefferson Avenue around 6:30pm Sunday. Police say Edwin McCargo, of Newport News, came up behind one of the girls and began dancing in a lewd manner.
McCargo was arrested and charged with four counts of indecent liberties with a child under 15 and drunk in public.
WAVY.com spoke to two of the victims Monday. The girls are cousins, who walked to the store with friends to get snacks.
“It all started when we were in the store,” said the 11-year-old. “He was behind her and she didn’t know.”
The 11-year-old girl was standing by her 12-year-old cousin’s side in the store when they noticed the suspect acting strange.
“He was behind me in the store…dancing behind me,” she said.
The girls could tell McCargo was not in the right state of mind, so they bought their snacks and quickly left. But their biggest fear came true. Police say McCargo started following them on the walk home.
“He followed them home,” said Janez McLaurin, the mother of one of the girls. “He was saying things to them. Then he started throwing rocks when they got close to the complex.”
When McCargo started throwing rocks, the girls started to run and scream. They say their reaction seemed to make the man more aggressive. And, that is when he pulled down his pants.
“As we started to yell even more, he just unzipped his pants and he exposed,” said the girl.
By then, other kids living in the complex had heard the cries for help. They ran to get the lifeguard on duty at the pool. The lifeguard called 911.
McLaurin is happy someone was there to help, because she wasn’t home at the time.
“I was gone out of town and came home,” said McLaurin. “But I’m a registered firearm owner and I carry pepper spray so I am glad I wasn’t here.”
McLaurin says she taught the girls to walk in groups if they leave the house, but after last night, even a big group won’t give them any sense of security.
“I would never go back to that store unless somebody takes me… like a parent… in the car,” said the 12-year-old victim.
WAVY.com did some digging and found McCargo has been charged for being drunk in public a handful of times since 1996, and most recently last week. He also was found guilty of driving under the influence twice.
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