LaGRANGE — The man who punched a LaGrange police officer Saturday afternoon at a playground in the Lucy Morgan Homes on Borton Street has been identified by police.
According to the official police report, David Lloyd Noles Jr., 52, of LaGrange was charged with felony obstruction and disorderly conduct. As of Monday night, he remained behind bars in the Troup County Jail.
Noles is allegedly the man seen on cellphone footage punching LPD officer Brady Pike in the face in front of several children and parents.
LaGrange Public Safety Chief Lou Dekmar said Pike was responding to a 911 call about Noles creating a disturbance at the playground.
Dekmar stated when Pike arrived, Noles had a child in his arms that belonged to another set of parents at the park.
Pike asked him to set the child down. When Noles complied, he immediately lunged at Pike and punched him in the face, Dekmar said.
The ensuing fight between the two was captured by a bystander who recorded two videos of the scuffle with a cellphone.
In the first of two videos, the man identified as Noles continually swings at Pike, who pushes Noles to the ground to try and subdue him. The video shows Noles continue to resist Pike and hit him in the face again.
Dekmar said during the struggle, the officer’s body pack, including his camera and radio, fell off. But Pike was able to ask witnesses to call 911 and ask for help, which they did, stated Dekmar.
The second video, which picks up an unspecified amount of time later, shows a second LPD officer and a man in plain clothes helping Pike hold the man down and get him into handcuffs.
Dekmar said Pike was taken to the hospital to be checked out. Pike had a bloody nose and some cuts, but was expected to be OK, Dekmar stated.
LaGrange police said Pike was originally called to the playground because someone alleged Noles exposed the child’s private region to other children on the playground. According to police, the accusation proved unfounded.
Melanie Ruberti is a reporter with LaGrange Daily News. She may be reached at 706-884-7311, ext. 2156.