The man approached me, my wife and my child in the Peckham Rye park in the silent area behind Japanese Garden as we were leaving the park.
First, he shouted ssomething at a group of teens approaching them from the back, when the teens diverted he switched to our family, he approached us from the back and shouted something agressively. I turned back to him and asked of he is alright.
He approached at a very close distance, smelled alcohol and started asking me about my bicycle. He was spitting, threw his plastic bottle away and was saying that he wants a lift and started asking me where are we heading to. I said we are heading home.
He then addressed my daughter with: ‘hey munchkin, I would play with you, not with your mommy and daddy around.
I was standing between my family and him, he was very close and was behaving threatening, e.g. he positioned his hand at the level of my face as if he was going to start drinking, I fo Krav Maga and know that this is not ideal. I was literally rrady to preventively attack him if he performs any other move towards me, I wasnt sure I was in position to counter if he would decide to attack.
He clearly looked at my bike and a phone in the phone holder, likely evaluating the chances of stealing one or another.
He then said something like: are you going to attack me bro? Not sure how he read my intent, but he seemed a bit sociopath, clearly feeling confident in such situation and sounded/looked really dangerous and angry, i noticed a scar on the right side of his skull, his ears looked a bit crooked like wrestlers ears get).
Luckily, he left us going through the bush and spooking some people strolling by.
I have paid attention to where he was going to to avoid going in the same direction with him.
He clearly targeted two people in the distant corner of the park (the one closer to the Herne Tavern). I have noticed two teens have stood up trying to go away, but then weirdly moved back. We went outside the park on the other side of the fence but I was worried about those teens and felt this is not good. When approaching the teens I gestured one of the teens to stand up and go away. The man made a crazy threatening eye contact following as we moved along. (Scary)
We were worried to leave as we saw those teens are clearly in trouble.
Luckily one the teens started crying and the other side something to a man and I think he just dismissed them, so they stood up and ran away.
The man started following me and my family. He was on the other side of the fence, but this doesn’t guarantee safety, so we sped up. We were lucky and the man seemed to not jump over the fence. We left as quick as possible.
This is the first time I faced such threat, the man was clearly out of his mind. He was clearly not just drunk, but aroused and clearly looking for a trouble. I am worried that he is one of the maniac/drug addict types, he clearly was looking for a victim there.
I also remember he mentioned he had a bike accident driving a bike before and broke his vertebra.
What should be my course of action? Whats the best way to report this to the police? What’s the best way to report this to the neighbourhood watch?
Thanks for your attention. Stay safe.