An irate father took down a man who had allegedly been peering at his teenage daughter under a woman’s bathroom stall at a South Carolina Cracker Barrel restaurant, leaving the accused Peeping Tom battered and bloody.
Douglas Lane, a registered sex offender, is now facing charges of voyeurism, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia for the alleged incident Sunday after a group of dads in town for a girls’ softball tournament followed him into the parking lot and held him until police could arrive.
Lane allegedly told Duncan Police that he had gone into the ladies’ bathroom on Sunday because he “had to use the bathroom really bad and did not realize he was in the ladies bathroom until he sat down on the toilet and was about done,” according to an incident report obtained by Oxygen.com.
However, a 15-year-old girl told police that she had been in the bathroom stall when she noticed something move by her feet and saw that a man—later identified as Lane—had his “head under the stall looking at her,” investigators said in the report.
The startled teen told her father what she had seen after leaving the restroom and her dad asked a female employee to get the man out of the bathroom.
Duncan Police Chief C.E. Long told Oxygen.com that as Lane left the restroom, the teen’s dad confronted him and they “got into a scuffle.”
Long said Lane ran into the parking lot but he was “tackled out there” by a group of dads in town for a girls’ softball tournament who had chased him down.
A witness who was standing in the restaurant with his son told local station WYFF he saw Lane run by with a bloody nose as people could be heard shouting, “Get him, he’s getting away!”
The witness followed the crowd into the parking lot and captured video, which was obtained by the station, of a bloody Lane sitting in the grass as a swarm of people surrounded him.
Lane was treated for his injuries at the scene and taken into custody.
Long told Oxygen.com the investigation remains ongoing.
He appeared before a judge Monday and was released and ordered to stay under house arrest with a GPS monitoring device.
Lane has a long string of previous offenses, including two convictions in North Carolina for secretly peeping into an occupied room, according to the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.
Lane has also been convicted of peeping, voyeurism or aggravated voyeurism in South Carolina in 1997, according to WYFF.
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