A Gettysburg man was charged after police said he exited his home naked and tried to get neighbors to engage him in a karate fight.

State police at Gettysburg said they responded to the Grove Mobile Home Park after receiving complaints that Gary M. Jones, 47, of 4820 Old Harrisburg Road, Lot 6, had left his mobile home naked and was yelling at neighbors on Aug. 1.

Dennis A. Hucks, Gary Kerns and Andrea R. Orndorff, who were at Lot 75, told police Jones came outside naked at about 9:40 p.m., said he knew karate and asked the men if they wanted to fight, according to court documents.

Hucks said their three children, all under 16, were in the yard and witnessed it, police said.

Police then interviewed Jones in his home and noted there were two empty bottles of vodka on the living room table, according to court documents.

When asked if he left the home naked, police said, Jones admitted he did and that he knew it was illegal. Jones told police the reason he did it was because he lost his son and was a "serious martial artist," according to documents.

He was charged with open lewdness, indecent exposure and public drunkenness. His charges were moved to county court on Sept. 8 and he is scheduled for an Oct. 21 arraignment in Adams County court.

Contact Katharine Harmon at kharmon@eveningsun.com.


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