Police: Man arrested for chasing girl, not for watching children at park

Posted at 10:51 AM, May 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-24 11:51:25-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Prairie Village, Kan. police said Thursday they don’t believe a man arrested for chasing an 11-year-old girl was watching children at Porter Park.

It all began on Tuesday, when the girl said she was suspicious of 24-year-old Nathan Zerba’s van at the park and took a picture.

That’s when Zerba, who was living in the van, allegedly began chasing her all the way to the Blue Moose Bar and Grill.

Cellphone video taken inside the Blue Moose shows the profanity-laden exchange between Zerba, now charged in the case, and the manager.

Police said they have concluded their investigation into the incident.

They said they want Prairie Village residents to know that the investigation led them to believe Zerba was not watching the children in the park, but the incident was more a result of “a bad decision made by the adult after reacting to his property being photographed,” Prairie Village police wrote in a Facebook post.

Prairie Village police also reminded residents of the phrase “See something, say something,” and urged them to report any suspicious people or activity to the authorities.

Zerba is facing municipal charges of disorderly conduct and assault.