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Arizona Father Beats Man To Death For Trying To Go In Daughter's Bathroom Stall, Cops Say

Melvin Harris pummeled Leon Leevon Armstrong so badly that his brain swelled and he lost consciousness, according to police.

By Jon Silman

A father in Arizona beat a man to death for trying to enter his daughter's bathroom stall at a gas station, police said.

Melvin Harris, 40, was arrested on Aug. 3 in connection with the crime, according to KTVK in Phoenix.

Leon Leevon Armstrong suffered brain injuries and lost consciousness after the attack. Doctors were unable to revive him.

The whole thing started when Harris picked up his daughter and her friends from work. On the way home, they  stopped at a QuickTrip gas station for a bathroom break and a drink. While Harris was waiting outside, Armstrong came up to his car and asked him for money, according to a police report. Harris gave him some change.

Armstrong then went into the women's bathroom and tried to get into the stall that Harris' daughter was using. She came outside and told her dad, who told a security guard at the shop to take care of the situation, or he would, according to the report.

Harris left the store and pulled up to a gravel area where Armstrong was standing, the police report said. He got out of his car and allegedly punched Armstrong in the face. Armstrong went down, and Harris stood over him, allegedly hitting him in the face repeatedly and kicking him.

Harris left the scene and went home as Armstrong lay on the ground, bloodied and battered, according to the report.

When officers caught up with Harris later, he told them he only hit Armstrong because Armstrong swung at him first. He said Armstrong curled up into a ball and he didn't remember hitting him when he was on the ground.

Harris was arrested and originally charged with aggravated assault. The charges were upgraded to second-degree murder when Armstrong died, according to NBC News.

Harris is being held on a $100,000 bond, according to KTVK. Armstrong (pictured below) has a criminal history of his own, one that includes shoplifting, trespassing and obstructing police.

[Photo: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office]

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