A Phoenix father is behind bars after he said he punched a man who had tried to get into the bathroom stall his daughter was using.
The man eventually died of his injuries and now Melvin Harris III is facing murder charges.
It all began on Aug. 2 when Harris went to a QuikTrip convenience store to pick up his daughter and friends. A man asked him for money in the parking lot, and after getting it, went inside the store, KPNX reported.
The girls told Harris that a man tried to get into the stall that Harris’ daughter was using.
Police said that Harris told a security guard about the incident, telling him, according to police documents, “He needed to take care of the situation, or he (Harris) would do it himself.”
The man was taken to a hospital, unresponsive and suffering with a fractured nose and brain swelling. The man later died.
Police, using surveillance video, tracked down Harris, who they said admitted to being involved. He told police that he had punched the man only after he tried to punch him. But Harris said he didn’t remember hitting the man when he fell to the ground.
Harris is being held on $100,000 bond.
Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.
Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.
Download the new AJC app. More local news, more breaking news and in-depth journalism. AJC.com. Atlanta. News. Now.
Download the new AJC app. More local news, more breaking news and in-depth journalism.