Crowd intervenes after man exposes himself at park

Created: 03/24/2014 6:39 PM
By: Jen Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

An Albuquerque crowd stepped in after police say a man exposed himself to young children at a local park.

What that crowd did has many New Mexicans proud.

Police say this guy was so drunk they couldn't interview him at the time.

“I'm concerned about the allegations I think pretrial surveillance is appropriate in these circumstances,” said Judge Cosgrove-Aguilar.

Police say they found Damion Ebanks drunk at the Barellas Railroad Baseball Park Saturday evening.

They say he was surrounded by a crowd of men and women who just finished a club softball tournament.

Witnesses say Ebanks had been walking around the park hugging women saying "red light- green light."

Others, including minors, reported seeing Ebanks’ private parts exposed.

He allegedly picked up a four-year-old girl while exposed, then cradled her and patted her on the bottom.

Her mother tells KOB Eyewitness News 4 a crowd of 20 people took action.

According to the criminal complaint a woman took the child away and Ebanks tried to run away, but tripped.

The crowd made sure he stayed put until APD arrived.

“I would do the same,” said Jose Cabrera, “I would approach him and make sure the kid is safe.” 

“Maybe the motherly instincts would just kick in and I would go after that guy and hold him down,” said Theresa Russell.

“I would approach the guy and try to help the kid out,” said Deric Harris, “Then I would go to the authorities and tell them that this guy is trying to mess with this kid.”

Police say the crowd never used physical violence, even as angry as they were.

“Thank you Sir,” Judge Cosgrove-Aguilar told Ebanks, “Good luck.”

Many people in that crowd were part of a team that won the tournament that day.

They didn’t want to go on camera saying they are not heroes, just people doing what’s right.

The mother of the 4-year-old says she was not sure what his intentions were.

As for Ebanks, court records reveal he's had three alcohol-related misdemeanors. He pled not guilty to the charges today.

Damion Ebanks

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