Employee flashed at Lawrenceville Kroger

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A Lawrenceville college student jailed Monday for flashing a Kroger employee told police he couldn't be incarcerated too long, because he had to make Florida for spring break, according to police.

The 20-year-old suspect remained at the Gwinnett County Jail on $1,300 bond Tuesday, charged with misdemeanor public indecency.

The incident happened about 7:30 a.m. Monday in the bathroom of a Kroger at 950 Herrington Road in Lawrenceville.

A 70-year-old female employee was cleaning single-person bathrooms at the store and was waiting for the suspect to finish and exit, when he pushed open the door with his pants down, holding up his shirt. The employee screamed and fled, according to a Gwinnett police report.

The suspect, who lives in the area, didn't get far. An officer who heard his description from dispatch spotted and detained him near the store. Another officer drove the Kroger employee to where the suspect was, and she positively identified him, much to her delight, the report states.

"When I let her out of the backseat," one officer wrote, "she hugged me and told me, 'American police are the best!"'

While he was being arrested, the suspect, listed in the report as a Gwinnett Tech student, started asking questions. Among them, he inquired if he could plead insanity, as he was schizophrenic and hadn't taken his medication that morning, the report states.

He also asked if the charge would be a felony or misdemeanor.

"The suspect stated that he needed to get out soon," the officer wrote, "because he had to go to Panama (City Beach) for spring break."