(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - Employees at a local fast food restaurant called police after they say something shocking was seen on a customer’s laptop computer screen.
According to a court affidavit, an employee at the McDonald’s at 595 East Eads Parkway caught a glimpse of the screen and noticed the man was video chatting with an underage girl during the evening of Wednesday, May 4.
Coincidentally, Greendale Police Department Assistant Chief Jeff Lane was going through the restaurant’s drive-thru at that time. Employees told him of the suspicious activity. Lane contacted Lawrenceburg Police.
That man, believed to be Matthew Dornbach, shut down his computer as soon as officers approached. He allegedly told officers his name was Timothy Dornbach, but police discovered that the car he had driven to the McDonald’s was registered to Matthew Dornbach.
Dornbach had earlier contacted his mother, Angela Dornbach, of Milan, asking her to come pick him up. Once she had arrived, Angela Dornbach told police the man they were speaking with was her son, Timothy.
Dornbach was released without probable cause because he had no identification on him. He insisted he had been video chatting with his fiancée who is in her 20s, the affidavit stated.
Soon afterwards, he left with his mother in her vehicle, taking the laptop with them.
Minutes later, officers at the restaurant received a mugshot photo of Matt Dornbach from the Hamilton County Justice Center and a photo of Timothy Dornbach from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. It became apparent they had been speaking with Matthew, a registered sex offender in both Indiana and Ohio.
Angela Dornbach, 73, was arrested later that evening and charged with Obstruction of Justice and False Informing for lieing to police about her son’s name.
“She stated she was sorry. She said she felt bad lying about her son’s identity, but that she felt the employees were calling in a false complaint on him,” an affidavit read.
Her vehicle was impounded at the Lawrenceburg Police Department. Investigators have asked for a search warrant in hopes of finding the laptop inside the car.
Matt Dornbach has not been arrested or charged.
It was not the first time Dornbach had been a part of an incident at that McDonald’s. An employee told police that on April 25th or 26th she saw the same man video chatting on his computer in the restaurant with his genitals exposed beneath the table where he was sitting.