PHOENIX, Ariz. (WFLA/CNN) – An Arizona father is behind bars for murder after police say he beat a man who followed his daughter into a gas station bathroom.
The incident happened earlier this month when Melvin Harris and his 16-year-old daughter stopped at a Quik-Trip in Phoenix.
According to police, Harris’ daughter said a man came into the bathroom after her and shook her stall door, trying to get in.
As Harris and his daughter were leaving, court documents show the father confronted the man, identified as Leon Armstrong.
Harris told officers Armstrong swung at him first during the confrontation. Witnesses say Harris then hit, kicked and stomped on the man repeatedly.
Armstrong was taken to the hospital where he later died.
Harris was arrested for second-degree homicide. But his fiancee Diana Jackson says he’s not a criminal, he was just protecting his family.
“I’m not mad at him. I don’t feel like he did anything wrong,” she said. “He did what he was supposed to do for our kid. You cannot tell someone they’re wrong for protecting their children.”
Harris is being held on $100,000 bond.