Murderous Beating: Did This Father Do the Right Thing or the Wrong Thing?

Written by Kevin Fobbs on August 20, 2018

Should a father be ordered to stand trial for beating a man to death for following his daughter into a public bathroom? According to, an Arizona father said that he would “take care of a situation” when he killed a man who made an attempt to enter his daughter’s locked bathroom stall in early August. Was he justified in defending his daughter from this predator?

Melvin Harris III, 40, and Arizona father, is being charged with second-degree murder charge in the beating death of Leon Leevon Armstrong. The incident occurred, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, at a QuikTrip convenience store in Phoenix involving his 16-year-old daughter.

What should a father’s reaction be when he learns that a man has tried to sexually assault his daughter. This is highly emotionally charged situation that Harris had to deal with when his daughter came out of the store and told him that a man tried to enter her bathroom stall by violently shaking the door. Should Harris have waited for the security guard who was in the store when the incident occurred do something?

Did Armstrong who was beaten fatally by the dad enter the bathroom with some notion that he was in California or some other state that gives men the right to change their gender on the spot. If so, was he a man, posing as a woman, and therefore, using the Obama administration logic, enter a public female bathroom without concern?

The real deal is probably the more logical one. This was a predator who had a full intent to sexually assault a female teenager. It does not matter one iota what was in his head, it is more important what criminal action he was attempting to commit. So, what should a father do, since the daughter was already back safely with him?

If a poll were taken in America most dads in the heartland would say, Harris deserves to utilize the “Beat his daughter’s attacker’s butt defense.” Think about it. What type of justice would Harris’ daughter receive? The security guard did not witness it, and the daughter had already left the store. Armstrong could deny it ever happened and he would be possibly let free to go on and continue his sexually assaultive behavior.

According to, Harris was told by the store security guard that the situation was being handled. The protective dad allegedly thought enough was not being done and warned the guard, “take care of the situation, or he would do it himself.” When Harris saw Armstrong, he chose the latter and he attacked him by repeatedly punching, stomping and kicking his daughter’s attacker.

The father fled the scene, and Armstrong who suffered brain swelling, a nasal fracture and loss of oxygen succumbed to his injuries and died. Harris was arrested at his home. The deceased predator had a criminal history and the protective father is being treated as a criminal for protecting his daughter.

Should this be a lesson for criminals who intend to attack daughters, to think twice before you even consider attacking someone’s child? Because, maybe, just maybe that child’s father may come back and open a can of fatal whup ass on you.

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Kevin Fobbs
Kevin Fobbs has more than 35 years of wide-ranging experience as a community and tenant organizer, Legal Services outreach program director, public relations consultant, business executive, gubernatorial and presidential appointee, political advisor, widely published writer, and national lecturer. Kevin is co-chair and co-founder of AC-3 (American-Canadian Conservative Coalition) that focuses on issues on both sides of the border between the two countries.