Who is Jerry Detrick? Ohio Trump fan, 70, pooped in neighbor's lawn for 'supporting Joe Biden'
Neighbor Matthew Guyette claims Detrick has been relieving himself for 10 years on his lawn, Detrick claims political affiliation the cause
GREENVILLE, OHIO: A 70-year-old Trump supporter has been arrested for repeatedly relieving himself on the neighbour's lawn. Jerry Detrick was arrested and cited with a misdemeanour on May 30, after being caught in the act by Matthew Guyette. The acts have been going on for 10 years, Guyette claims, reportedly because of his political affiliation.
Even before the January 6 insurrection, Trump supporters have been caught and arrested for numerous acts of violence against Democrat supporters. In March 2020, Joseph Schumacher was arrested for waving a loaded gun at a female driver, who had a sticker of Elizabeth Warren on her car while in October 2020, Robert Brissette was caught screaming "Black lives don't matter". The violence has also swung the other way as well with a Florida woman body-shaming a Trump supporter in June 2020.
While there was no violence reported in the case of Detrick, his actions underline a growing divide between the two parties in the US. Detrick confessed to defecating on Guyette's lawn multiple times and is scheduled to be arraigned on June 8.
Who is Jerry Detrick?
Not much is known about Detrick, who doesn't have any social media accounts. According to numerous reports, the 70-year-old was a former high school teacher. We found a news report that says Detrick studied at Greenville High School. According to that report, he was a member of the school's cross country team in 1968. After school, he went on to become a biology teacher at Greenville High, the report says.
Beyond that, we haven't been able to find any information about Detrick. His arrest is the only other time his name has come up in the media. It's unclear what prompted Detrick to defecate on Guyette's lawn, even before Trump became President. In a Facebook post, Guyette claims, "I think he did it to other people and at our local museum as well. Plus it started in the Obama years." He adds, "He may have assumed they (Greenville Police) too were trump supporters and he may have been trying to talk his way out of the predicament."
Guyette caught Detrick in the act and immediately dialled 911. An officer was dispatched to Guyette's home, then went in pursuit of Detrick. On being apprehended, Detrick first denied that he was responsible before eventually admitting to being responsible. According to the police report, Detrick said "he does it because the residents are Democrats and support Joe Biden and he stated he was a 'Trump man'."
It seems as if Guyette wasn't too upset about Detrick's act, as he can be seen joking about the incident on Facebook with his friends. "It’s 11 years in the making…the shit heard ‘round the world," he replied in one comment. On June 4, Guyette also thanked the Greenville Police for their support. "Here’s a shoutout to the Greenville Police! They, along with their dispatcher, did an awesome job apprehending the Mad Shitter," he said.
According to reports, Detrick lives a few blocks away from Guyette and passes by his house frequently on the way back from a bar he frequents. After being cited, he was released by the police. A friend of Guyette's claimed on Facebook they also found shit on their lawn, but it is unclear if Detrick is responsible for that.