Dads take on sex offender accused of spying on girl in Cracker Barrel bathroom – National


Several fathers subdued a recorded sex offender outside a Cracker Barrel restaurant in North Carolina on Sunday after the man allegedly peeked under a teenage girl’s toilet cubicle.The incident happened at a Cracker Barrel in Charlotte, North Carolina on Sunday morning, Duncan Police Chief Carl Long said.

A 15-year-old girl allegedly saw the suspect peek under her bathroom cubicle and reported it to her parents, police said. Staff found the man in the bathroom and kicked him out, they said.

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The daughter and her parents were dining with several other families ahead of a girls’ softball tournament, according to reports.

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The victim’s father and a few other fathers chased the man out of the restaurant and prevented him from leaving until the police arrived.

“Catch him, he’s running away!” they screamed, according to a witness who spoke to local station WYFF 4.

“The guy came running, sprinting through the front door with a very bloody nose,” another witness told the local WSPA station.

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Video obtained by WSPA shows the suspect bloodied and sitting on the ground surrounded by his parents.

A profanity-laden video posted to TikTok shows a man scolding the suspect, who can be seen sitting on the grass surrounded by angry adults. There is blood on his face and his shirt.

“I did not do anything!” the suspect can be heard saying.

“I’ll tell you if it was my daughter, you wouldn’t leave,” the man told him.

Douglas Lane, 53, was arrested for voyeurism and drugs, according to Spartanburg prison records.

One photo shows Lane with a large bandage around his head and blood on his face after the encounter.

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Douglas Lane, 53, is shown in this September 20, 2020 photo.

Douglas Lane, 53, is shown in this September 20, 2020 photo.

Spartanburg County Detention Center

Lane is a registered sex offender with four previous voyeurism convictions dating back to 1996, according to records.

A judge set a cash bond at $ 2,000 and ordered Lane to wear a GPS monitor. Lane was also ordered to move to South Carolina and avoid contact with the victim and his family.

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Lane’s attorney claimed at the hearing that the suspect was unaware he was in the women’s bathroom.

His next court appearance is scheduled for November 12.

With files from The Associated Press

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