Journalist Arrested For Defecating On Lawn

| by Sheena Vasani
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Officials arrested an Arizona TV reporter on May 16 for defecating on a lawn near the subject of a story's home.

A neighbor in Goodyear witnessed KPHO reporter Jonathan Lowe, 33, in the act, New York Daily News reports.

After a police officer questioned the man, Lowe admitted to relieving himself on the person’s front lawn.

“I know what you want to talk to me about. I’ve been feeling very sick and I’ve been stuck in this van all day,” he said. “Those people who called on me just wanted to start problems.”

The woman who called in said she would have allowed Lowe to use her bathroom if he had knocked on her door and asked.

Since then, police have arrested Lowe and the man now faces either six months in jail or must pay a $2,500 fine.

It is unclear if he is still employed with the news station.

KPHO News Director Dan Wilson said May 18 he still worked for the station, but the channel’s write-up of the incident next day referred to Lowe as a “former KPHO/KTVK reporter.”

His journalist biography page on the station’s website is also no longer available.

Lowe is not the first person to capture international attention for defecating in public.

In April 2016, one man defecated on a lawn in Stockton, California, resulting in violence, reports.

The resident, 18-year-old Lonale Shaw, witnessed the incident and came after the man with a knife. They fought, and both had stab wounds, but only Shaw was arrested.

In June 2015, Chas Cox had diarrhea and relieved himself in the middle of the street in Glastonbury, England, the Central Somerset Gazette reports.

What’s worse, the 25-year-old ended up accidentally splashing feces on a 5-year-old child, who was walking behind him.

“When he got to the other side he was said to have dropped his trousers and defecated and the child was caught in the backsplash,” Prosecutor Christine Hart said.

The man pleaded not guilty, explaining his condition meant he had no control over his bowels.

Sources: New York Daily News, Central Somerset Gazette, / Photo credit: Goodyear Police Department via KPHO/KTVK

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