NewsCrime

Actions

Father sentenced to 8 years after killing man who tried to get into his daughter's bathroom stall

PD: Man follows teen to restroom, dad kills him
Posted at 2:32 PM, Dec 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-17 22:55:55-05

PHOENIX — On August 2, 2018 a man allegedly followed a teen into a bathroom stall at a QuikTrip near Dunlap and 19th Avenue. The teen's father then confronted and killed the man in the parking lot.

Per a plea agreement, Judge Kathleen Mead sentenced the father, Melvin Harris to 8 years in prison for manslaughter on Monday.

Harris was originally charged with with second-degree murder.

After learning of the incident in the bathroom, police say Harris told a security guard that "he needed to take care of the situation, or [Harris] would do it himself."

Later, Harris saw the man in the parking lot and confronted him.

Witnesses reported that Harris approached the man, later identified as Leon Armstrong, and punched him in the face several times and allegedly kicked and stomped on him.

After the incident, Armstrong was taken to the hospital for a broken nose and brain injuries, where he later died.