PHOENIX — An Arizona dad has been charged with murder for fatally stomping a man who tried to bust into bathroom stall his daughter was using, cops said.
Melvin Harris, 40, went to pick up his teenage daughter and her pals at a convenience store when he was approached by a man, late identified as Leon Armstrong, 26, in the parking lot asking for money.
Harris gave the man some money after which he went into the store. A few minutes later, Harris’ daughter came out and told him a man had tried to force his way into her bathroom stall, according to AZCentral.com.
As a security guard escorted the man out of the store, Harris recognized him as the person he gave money too, so he ran over and told the guard that they needed to take care of the situation of he would do it himself.
The guard assured Harris that he had it under control, but witnesses say Harris the went over to the man and punched him in the face, knocking him down. Witnesses say Harris continued to punch and kick Armstrong on the face.
Harris then left Armstrong lying and moaning on the ground. Police say he suffered a severe brain injury in the beating, and died a week later.
Harris admitted to cops that he punched Armstrong, but only after he swung at him first.
Armstrong’s sister told KNXV-TV, “He didn’t have to take my brother’s life when he was down on the ground. He should have just called the police. I understand you want to defend your daughter, I totally get that I have daughters myself, but the way you went about it was totally wrong.”
Harris has been charged with second-degree murder.