A Phoenix father is being charged with second degree murder after beating the man who tried to break into the bathroom stall his teenage daughter was using to death. NBC News reports that 40-year-old Melvin Harris III admitted to beating 26-year-old Leon Armstrong after the man accosted his daughter. Harris was waiting for his daughter and her two friends in the parking lot of a QuikTrip convenience store. While he waited, Armstrong approached him for money and Harris gave him some change. Then Armstrong continued into the store.
Police say that a few minutes later Harris' daughter and her friends came outside and said that Armstrong had been harassing them inside the store, then followed them into the bathroom. They said the man tried to break into the bathroom stall that Harris' daughter was using by shaking the door violently. In response, Harris went inside the QuikTrip and asked the security guard on duty to take action. When nothing was done, he took the matter into his own hands.
Witnesses have reported seeing Harris confront Armstrong in the convenience store's parking lot. According to their accounts, Harris punched, kicked and stomped Armstrong until the younger man was unconscious. Then he got into his car and drove away from the scene.