"She knows my every move. I can never surprise her," Daiwon McPherson told AL.com after proposing to his girlfriend of five years on Friday.
McPherson, 33, spent days setting up the surprise proposal, in which he and his friends staged a fake arrest with the help of the Mobile Police Department.
McPherson's plan began when he intentionally upset his girlfriend, 28-year-old Shawna Blackmon, and then told her he would take her on a date Friday night to make up for it.
"She always told me when I proposed to make sure she looked nice. She (had just gotten) her hair done (and) her nails done," McPherson told AL.com.
But McPherson didn't show up for the couple's date, and he didn't answer Blackmon's texts or calls.
Eventually, one of McPherson's friends called Blackmon and told her that he was in trouble. The friend, a member of McPherson's biker community, told Blackmon that he was being chased on his motorcycle by police and that he had a gun.
The story was especially believable because McPherson does have a gun, and he was previously arrested for fleeing police.
Blackmon rushed to a nearby gas station, where McPherson's friend said police had cornered him.
"I thought he was going to jail," Blackmon said. Police pointed tasers at a kneeling McPherson, and Blackmon told them she would retrieve the gun on his person to hand over to authorities.
But before she could search for the gun, McPherson reached into his pocket for a ring box and popped the question.
Blackmon said yes.
"This proposal was designed around a message I wanted to get out that not all cops are bad cops," McPherson wrote on Facebook. "I did this to get people's attention because this is what we are used to seeing so I used (the situation) to create a positive message."
"I appreciate the way he did it," Blackmon told AL.com of the proposal.
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