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A man accused of peering under a bathroom stall at a 15-year-girl was chased down and tackled by angry parents at a Cracker Barrel restaurant in South Carolina.
Duncan police Chief Carl Long told local media that police have arrested Douglas Lane, 53, from neighboring North Carolina, after the girl allegedly spotted him looking underneath into her stall, according to WYFF.
Parents who were in Duncan for a girls softball tournament chased Lane down and tackled him, leaving his face battered and bloodied. The parents then held him until police arrived, Long said.
Long said Lane was charged with voyeurism, simple possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.
One witness told the local news outlet that he was in the Cracker Barrel when he heard a disturbance that he believed may have been a fight. At one point, he told WYFF, he heard someone say, “Get him, he’s getting away!”
The witness said he and his son were near the doorway when they saw a man run by bleeding heavily from the nose.
He added that he watched as someone else tackled Lane in the parking lot a few short moments later, then watched with his son as other people struck the suspect.
At that, the witness passed his son off to his wife and then ventured outside to take a video of the confrontation. Police arrived on the scene shortly afterward, he said.
The witness said his son asked many questions about what had taken place and he responded by telling the boy “there was a bad guy and a lot of good guys took down the bad guy.”
On Monday during a court hearing, Lane told authorities he did not realize he was in a woman’s bathroom until after he sat down. But, according to court records, the victim said when she entered her stall and sat down, she saw Lane’s face as he peered up at her.
Following testimony, the court ruled that Lane will be required to remain in South Carolina awaiting further appearances. He was ordered to remain confined to quarters and to wear a GPS monitoring device ahead of a scheduled November court date.
Lane is a registered sex offender in North Carolina, according to the state Bureau of Investigations, which indicated that he has been registered since 2008. Prior to that, he was convicted in 2004 of secretly peering into an occupied room in Mecklenburg County, N.C., according to records which said the victims in that incident were just eight- and nine-year-old children.
Also, records from 2008 indicate Lane was convicted of peering into an occupied room in the same county, though the victim in that case was 18 years old or older.
Meanwhile, the South Carolina sex offender registry shows that Lane was convicted in two earlier instances of peeping, voyeurism, or aggravated voyeurism — once in 1997 and again in 1999 for failing to register.
It’s not clear if anyone involved in tackling or injuring Lane has been charged, though that seems unlikely given the nature of the alleged crime.
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