Mount Sterling Man Accused of “Flashing” Salon Patrons Charged with Disorderly Conduct, Public Intoxication

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Richmond Police were called to investigate a disturbance reported at a Mahaffey Drive salon on Wednesday afternoon. The call stated that there was a male subject located in front of the business exposing his genitals to customers. According to the salon owner, the man brandished a knife before threatening to shoot them when asked to leave the area.

When police arrived, they reportedly observed 33 year-old Eugene Gardner talking to another officer, seemingly putting on his pants. Gardner was allegedly moving constantly and acting aggressively during the police interview. Police say that he was not coherent while making statements and exhibited characteristics consistent with someone who was under the influence of methamphetamine.

According to the citation, Gardner told authorities that the salon owner was racist and threatening him. Another officer stated that they had previously told Gardner to leave the area an hour prior to this time.

Upon noticing a white powder under his nostrils, police questioned Gardner about the substance before being told that it was percocet. A body search was initiated, revealing the knife allegedly brandished at the salon owner as well as a pill bottle containing a small amount of suspected methamphetamine and portions of percocet pills.

Gardner informed officers that he had collected the items in a nearby parking lot he was apparently cleaning, so that he could dispose of them. Upon his arrest, Gardner allegedly became more disorderly and began yelling. While being transported to a local hospital, police say that Gardner claimed he was an archangel and smarter than all the medical staff.

Gardner received numerous charges upon being lodged in the Madison County Detention Center including 2nd Disorderly Conduct, Public Intoxication, Loitering, three Possession of Controlled Substance charges, and 3rd Degree Terroristic Threatening.