The moment a Del City, Oklahoma family jumped into action to catch a 33-year-old man they believe was about to have a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl was captured on video. The family set up a sting operation after the girl’s father discovered that the girl and the suspect were sexting and set up a meeting.
KOCO reports that the father, who did not want to reveal his identity, used the Family Time app to monitor his daughter’s activity. He did contact police, but he and his family decided to stage a sting operation before the police could act.
Police told KOCO that the video shows the sting operation, where a different woman was in a tent. As the suspect approached the tent, a man jumps into view, tackling the suspect. Three others also enter the frame, and they used zip ties to apprehend the suspect.
“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,” Major Jody Suit of the Del City Police Department explained to KOCO. “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 there were pictures being sent by the suspect and the daughter and “sexual behavior, or at least sexual acts, virally were occurring.”
Although Suit told KOCO that he doesn’t blame the family for taking action, he said he doesn’t recommend families set up their own sting operations.
In a subsequent interview with KOCO, the father of three said the suspect arranged to meet his daughter. He told KOCO that the suspect “admitted immediately that he was there to have sex with my daughter.”
“So the moment he entered my yard, that point in time, I had to do what was right as a father. You walked into the wrong backyard,” he told KOCO. “That’s all there is to it.”
KOCO didn’t reveal the name of the suspect because he hasn’t been formally charged. He was arrested on “complaints of unlawful communication by the use of technology, and using a phone and social media to communicate with a minor.”