DACULA, Ga. — A woman and her toddler were using the bathroom at a Metro Atlanta park when a man crawled under the door in his desperate search for water.
The woman’s voice is clearly flustered and frightened as she explains what happened at Harbins Park on March 20.
“We were in the bathroom and he was trying to come in,” she said on the 911 recording. “He must be on something because his eyes were twitching.”
She told police she asked the stranger to leave them alone. That’s when he crawled all the way into the stall with them.
Police say that stranger inside the women’s bathroom was 20-year-old McKenzie Duffey. He allegedly told the woman he was thirsty and needed water.
“She began to scream and that’s when her husband opened the restroom door,” Cpl. Michele Pihera with Gwinnett County Police told 11Alive’s LaTasha Givens.
The husband rushed in and held Duffey down while his wife and daughter stepped over him on their way out. The father trapped Duffey inside the restroom and held the door closed until police arrived. “I think he passed out,” the woman told the 911 dispatcher.
“She stated several times that Duffey’s eyes looked crazy and she believed he was on some sort of drugs,” the police report said.
“When the officers got there, they opened up the bathroom and that’s when they found the suspect on the bathroom floor,” Cpl. Pihera said.
Police say Duffey couldn’t explain why, in his desperate search for water, he passed the men’s restroom, the water fountain, and the faucets in the women’s restroom. When police asked him when he last had water, he allegedly replied, “I don’t know, not that long ago. A couple of hours maybe.”
Duffey told police he was not under the influence of any drugs. Paramedics on scene said his vitals were normal, but his pupil size was not. He refused to be transported to the hospital.
He was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, simple assault, and peeping tom.