A father is facing second degree murder charges for supposedly murdering a man who allegedly harassed his young daughter in washroom of a local store in Phoenix.
Cops say Melvin Harris, admitted to thrashing Leon Armstrong, 26, to death after he tried to break into the teenage girl’s stall at a local convenience store washroom.
“Harris was waiting for his daughter who was with her two other friends in the store’s parking lot when the victim, Leon approached him asking for change. Harris gave him the asked money, and then Leon walked into the store, where he was trying to break into the teenage girl’s stall at a local convenience store washroom,” cops said.
Almost immediately, Harris’ daughter and her other two friends came out of the store and shared the incident how the man had harassed them, according to the local police report.
“Then Harris went to the store and demanded that a security guard take action — or else he would take matters into his own hands, before thrashing the boy,” police said.
“Upon departure of Leon from the store, some witnesses stated that seeing Harris approach Leon, whom he then punched in the face, cops said. Leon fell to the earth and Harris advanced to stomp, kick and punch him until Leon was lifeless before driving off”, the police said.
After the assault, Leon was taken to a local hospital with injuries including brain swelling and a broken nose, the officials said.
The father of the girl, Harris initially faced aggravated attack charges, but they were upped to second degree murder after its found Leon died. The accused is expected back in court later this month.
“It is a terrible misfortune and our store will continue to assist law enforcement with their investigation," said the spokesman for the store where the dreadful incident happened.