A Canadian couple is defending their decision to record themselves tackling and zip-tying a 28-year-old man they believe was trying to have sex with their 13-year-old daughter.
The disturbing video taken in British Columbia shows the horrifying ambush where she and her husband tackled the man, tied his hands behind his back with zip ties, and laid him down on his stomach on Facebook Live on Thursday.
Despite taking down the alleged predator to protect their child, the mother and stepfather may be charged with assault and forcible confinement.
The video clip displays the man from Port Alberni lying on the ground as the mother shames him from behind the camera.
‘He comes to my house to meet my 13-year-old f***ing daughter to f*** her. He wanted to be her first,’ the mother is heard saying in footage obtained by CTV.
‘We f***ing tackled him, and Zap strapped him and called the police,’ she added.
She revealed that she discovered his lewd messages sent to her daughter via Instagram.
‘Why wouldn’t the police come and help me catch the predator that just came to my f***ing house,’ she said.
‘I’m so glad that I got my daughter’s phone and saw a message that she didn’t f****** erase,’ she said.
The distraught mother said the man was an acquaintance of the family.
‘This is my ex-best friend’s little brother. He knows everything about my daughter. He’s known her since she was like three,’ she said.
‘My life has revolved around this piece of s*** for the past six weeks.’
The video ends with police officers entering the home.
The man was taken to the hospital and has not been charged.
The mother alerted police about the man six weeks ago, asking for authorities to investigate him and offering the explicit Instagram messages as evidence.
Police told her to block the man and move on.
The mother then set up the meeting with the man to confront him and asked the police to be on the scene. She said police refused to help.
The mother and stepfather of the girl admitted to police that they tied down the man and interrogated him.
‘The police had directed her not to take matters into her own hands. We still do have an active and ongoing investigation on the matter,’ Royal Canadian Mounted Police Cpl. Amelia Hayden said to CTV.
Hayden said that a child luring investigation was opened in March.
She added on the mother’s confrontation: ‘It hasn’t resolved one issue. It’s caused another, and put people in danger’.
As a result, the RCMP said that the parents may be charged with assault causing bodily harm and forcible confinement.
The parents stand firm, however, saying that they did what they had to do.
‘If I get charged, I still feel it was the right thing,’ the mother said.
‘This is ridiculous,’ her husband added.
‘Shouldn’t a guy be able to protect his own family in his house?’
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