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Florida man takes something out while eating at Panera. It wasn’t a sandwich, cops say.

Anthony Darnell Goldsmith, 60, was arrested and charged by Pensacola police with indecent exposure on Aug. 14, 2018, after an incident inside a Panera Bread in Escambia County.
Anthony Darnell Goldsmith, 60, was arrested and charged by Pensacola police with indecent exposure on Aug. 14, 2018, after an incident inside a Panera Bread in Escambia County. Pensacola Police Department

A Florida man took matters into his own hand while seated inside a Panera Bread inside a Pensacola mall.

The Pensacola Police Department was not amused when they learned what he was accused of doing inside the restaurant.

According to a police report filed Saturday, a woman who sat down at a table inside the Panera Bread restaurant to do some paperwork saw a man, later identified as Anthony Darnell Goldsmith, 60, seated at a table near hers in the corner of the dining room.

Soon, she noticed that he had stopped eating his food and was looking “directly at her, holding his privates in his hand and pleasuring himself,” ABC’s WEAR TV reported.

The woman screamed at Goldsmith and told him to stop or she would call the police. She did so, and Goldsmith ran out of the restaurant.

Police found Goldsmith walking near an area high school and questioned him. According to WEAR TV, he told police he was just eating food he had brought into Panera.

Goldsmith was arrested for indecent exposure on Tuesday and is being held on no bond at Escambia County Jail under Florida’s Jessica Lunsford Act, according to the booking report.

The Lunsford act is named after a 9-year-old Citrus County, Florida, girl who was raped and murdered in 2005 by a man named John Couey who was a convicted sex offender. He had been required to register his address with authorities, but did not do so after he had moved.

Florida’s Jessica Lunsford Act, passed in May 2005, requires school districts to do background checks on contractors and vendors who could come into contact with minors. It also requires sex offenders to register in person every six months with their local sheriff’s office.

According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Goldsmith is registered as a sexual predator in Florida for three offenses between 2005 and 2011.

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