It was a routine day for Ernie Daugherty, an employee of Roofing USA: he was driving his minivan around the southwest side of Fort Wayne offering free roof inspections. But when he pulled over in front of Matthew King's house to catch up on his paperwork, things quickly went south.
King had seen a Facebook post warning of a minivan with Ohio license plates cruising through neighborhoods in the area. When King spotted Daugherty's minivan, he suspected the driver might be taking too much interest in his daughters, who were playing in the front yard.
“I just kept thinking of the Facebook post that was going around a couple of days ago,” King said. “It was a creep alert.”
After exchanging a few words, King went to get a handgun, Daugherty got nervous and sped off, and King gave chase. Both called 9-1-1.
The drama came to an end, apparently without incident, in a school parking lot where Daugherty pulled in behind a police car. King was close behind.
Police talked with the men and then released both.