Father kills man for following daughter into bathroom stall


An Arizona father has been charged with homicide after he beat and stomped a man to death who attempted to enter a bathroom stall his 16-year-old daughter was in.

40-year-old Melvin Harris faces a second-degree murder charge in the killing on Leon Armstrong.


According to the Phoenix Police Department, on the night of August 2, Harris was picking up his 16-year-old daughter and her two friends from work when they asked him to stop off at the QuikTrip convenience store on 19th Avenue to buy soft drinks and use the restroom.

While Harris was waiting in the parking lot, he was approached by a man later identified as Armstrong, who asked him for money. Harris gave him some cash and Armstrong went into the store.

After a short while, Harris’ daughter came out of the store and told her father that a man tried to enter her bathroom stall by violently shaking the door, police said. Harris and his daughter told store reported what had happened to some employees who alerted the security guard, CBS reports

She then identified Armstrong as the alleged harasser when she spotted him walking out of the store.

Possibly thinking not enough was being done, Harris approached the security guard and told him to “take care of the situation, or he would do it himself.” The guard said the incident was being handled.

The protective father, however, confronted Armstrong about the incident and then attacked him, authorities said. Witnesses told police Harris repeatedly stomped, punched and kicked the man.

Harris fled the scene. Armstrong was taken to the hospital where he later died. He suffered brain swelling, a nasal fracture and loss of oxygen.

Harris was arrested at his home. He later admitted he struck Armstrong in the face, but claims he didn’t throw the first punch, the report stated. He also denied hitting Armstrong when he was on the ground.



Harris’ fiancee, Diana Jackson, told AZFamily.com that Harris was protecting his daughter.


"I'm not mad at him. I don't feel like he did anything wrong. I love him. He did what he was supposed to do for our kid. You cannot tell someone they're wrong for protecting their children," Jackson told the station. "I would have done the same thing. I don't feel bad at all for his actions. I feel bad that the man ended up dying in the process. I do.”

Jackson said it’s unfair her fiancé is being treated as a criminal for protecting his child.

Armstrong reportedly also had a criminal history that included shoplifting, trespassing and obstructing justice.
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