Jonathan Lee Davis of Hollywood, Florida was arrested on Wednesday after security guards at a Burlington Coat Factory accused him of stalking young girls in the store, according to news reports. When police searched Davis’ phone following the arrest, they allegedly found 80 videos that Davis had apparently taken while following girls around local stores. In some of the videos, Davis, 40, allegedly masturbated while talking to the children. Davis was charged with a felony count of lewd and lascivious behavior on a victim under the age of 16 and booked at Broward County Jail. He was later released on April 23 on $15,000 bail bond, reports indicate. It is not clear whether Mr. Davis has retained a private criminal defense lawyer.
According to reports, Davis was charged with the sex offense after security guards at a Hialeah Burlington Coat Factory apprehending him for allegedly following three children around the store. Davis’ phone was searched, revealing the alleged illicit videos. It is not clear whether Davis gave consent for his phone to be searched or if a warrant was issued. Police also connected Davis to an incident of stalking that allegedly occurred on March 24 at a Kmart store located at 3800 Oakwood Boulevard in Hollywood.
Hollywood Police reportedly spoke to an 8-year-old victim who Davis allegedly approached at the Kmart. The girl told investigators that Davis had approached her while she was shopping with her aunt. Davis allegedly told her that his private parts itched and masturbated in his pants in front of her. “She observed him rubbing a bulge in his groin area which she observed getting bigger. She advised that she felt uncomfortable and scared by his actions,” the arrest report is quoted as saying. The girl reportedly told investigators that her aunt then called her over, but that Davis sought her out again later in the shopping trip and attempted to continue the exchange.
Investigators reportedly found a video of the altercation, one of 80 such clips, on Davis’ cell phone. Additional footage of the Kmart incident was caught on the store’s surveillance cameras. It is unclear whether the clips are dated. Investigators reportedly noted that Davis would get the children’s’ attention by making a ‘psst’ noise. Some of the alleged victims were reportedly scared by the advances. “Davis uses a ruse of catcalling to unsuspecting children by making a ‘pssst’ noise to get their attention. He then appears to be scratching his [privates],” notes the affidavit.
Davis was not the only one to encounter the police in Hollywood on Wednesday. In another high-profile incident, a Hollywood deputy opened fire on a man during a car chase, sending him to the hospital with serious injuries, according to news reports. An investigation into the shooting is conducted, but the police department has reportedly said that the deputy shot in self-defense. The deputy reportedly had exited his vehicle and was approaching the defendant’s vehicle when the vehicle allegedly sped towards him, at which point the deputy opened fire.
The victim, whose name has not been released, is receiving medical treatment at Memorial Regional hospital, and his passenger was reportedly arrested on multiple charges. It is not clear whether either defendant has retained a private criminal defense lawyer.