Antoine Martin of Detroit took matters into his own hands when he discovered a grown man sending inappropriate messages to his 13-year-old daughter on Facebook. In a set-up similar to Chris Hansen’s “To Catch a Predator” series, Martin posed as his own daughter online and invited the 22-year-old to his home.
When the man arrived, Martin performed a citizen’s arrest and videotaped a confession before handing him over to the police. “He came with condoms in his pocket, and I have a video of him saying I came to have sex with your daughter,” Martin told local news station WJBK.
Hands behind his back and visibly shaken in the video, the suspect tells Martin of his intentions and makes it known that he doesn’t want his deed to go public. The suspect is affiliated with the local Boys and Girls Club where Martin’s daughter spends time after school. That’s where she met the suspect.
Kudos to dad for protecting his daughter, being aware of her social media activities, realizing that the grown man is the guilty party (Don’t you hate when stories like this pop up and it becomes about how “fast” the young girl is?) and for keeping a cool head. He performed a citizen’s arrest instead of shooting that man on sight. That’s a healthy dose of restraint and was a wise decision. Good thing Martin opted to not harm the suspect because he needs to stay out of prison so he can continue to be an awesome dad.
What do you think about Antoine Martin’s actions? Had that been your daughter, how would you have handled that?
Demetria Irwin is a New York City-based freelance writer/editor. Follow her on Twitter, @Love_Is_Dope.