When an Oklahoma family discovered their 15-year-old was having an inappropriate online relationship with a much older man, they hatched a plan to capture him rather than just take the case to the authorities.
What happened when he arrived at the trap was all captured on video.
Del City Police Maj. Jody Suit told KOCO-TV that the father of the family discovered a man was sending his daughter lewd photos over the internet.
“The pictures were being sent back and forth, and sexual behavior, or at least sexual acts, virally were occurring,” he said.
“The family took it upon themselves to pretend to be her and invite the suspect to the house to meet her in the backyard in a tent for the purpose of having sex,” Suit explained.
The daughter was in the house, unaware anything was happening, while a female family member was in the tent.
“Just before he enters the tent, the father and three family members ... tackle him and zip tie his hands and feet and hold him until the police get there,” Suit said.
The suspect was arrested and charged with unlawful communication by the use of technology, using a phone and social media to communicate with a minor.
The police made it clear that they do not recommend family members take it upon themselves to capture suspects in this manner.
“But as a parent, I don’t blame him,” Suit said. “I think it’s your right to protect your children.”