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Convicted Felon Arrested After Allegedly Exposing Himself to Neighbors

By Natalie Potts
By npotts@wbbjtv.com

HENDERSON COUNTY, Tenn.- Deputies are investigating a bizarre fight between two neighbors after a man was accused of dropped his pants and allegedly exposed himself to his neighbor.

Deputies arrested Hobart Aaron Chandler, 54 for allegedly cursing at his neighbors while naked on his front porch, in front of at least two juveniles.

"He was on the porch naked as a Jaybird," said neighbor Gary Lunsford. "He had it in his hand, shaking it and I liked to of lost it. It tore me up really bad, I was shaking I was just so mad and disgusted that a neighbor would do that to me. "

Investigator David Dowdy told WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News that the confrontation started over a handgun, that Chandler had reported to the sheriff's department as stolen. According to the report, Chandler believed his neighbors had taken the firearm from his home. After an investigation, authorities concluded that the neighbors had actually purchased the firearm in question from Chandler, month's earlier. Chandler was charged with filing a false police report. Deputies described his reaction to the charge as a fit of rage towards his neighbors.

"Gesturing I guess with his genitalia is really, really out in left field,"said Investigator Dowdy. " What can you say? That is abnormal and bizarre at its very core."

Deputies said through their investigation it was also revealed that Chandler had a prior felony record, and was not supposed to be in possession of a handgun in the first place. Chandler was additionally charged with felony possession of a firearm.

"I've never seen any convicted felon trying to claim a stolen firearm from their residence," said Dowdy. "It's a first, It's been pretty weird best I can remember nothing recent being of somebody doing something like this."

The Lunsfords said even with the road dividing their properties, the confrontation has made their home feel uncomfortable.

"It's so horrible, I can't get the picture out of my mind," said Bessie Lunsford. "It's pure hell. Listen, I can't walk out in my front yard, I work in my yard on pretty days and I can't even walk out there."

In all, Chandler was charged with filing a false police report, indecent exposure and felony unlawful possession of a handgun. Authorities said Chandler has been released on bond, and both neighbors have been warned to be civil to one another.

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