Phoenix father is facing second degree murder charges for allegedly
killing a man who allegedly harassed his young daughter. Police say
Melvin Harris, 40, admitted to beating Leon Armstrong, 26, to death
after he attempted to break into the teenage girl’s stall at a
QuikTrip convenience store bathroom. Harris was waiting for his
daughter and her two friends in the store’s parking lot when
Armstrong approached his car asking for money. Harris gave him
change, then Armstrong walked into the convenience store, police said
Soon after, Harris’ daughter and her friends came out of the store
and said the man had harassed them, according to a police report.
Harris then went to the store and demanded that a security guard take
action — or else he’d take matters into his own hands, police
said. Upon leaving the store, witnesses reported seeing Harris
approach Armstrong, whom he then punched in the face, police said.
Armstrong fell to the ground and Harris proceeded to stomp, kick and
punch him until he was unconscious before driving off, police said.
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