Parents tackle man accused of spying on girl in bathroom stall

Witnesses said Douglas Lane, a sex offender in both North Carolina and South Carolina, was held down by parents until police arrived.

DUNCAN, S.C. — A man registered as a sex offender in both North Carolina and South Carolina was held down by parents after allegedly peering under a stall in a women’s bathroom, NBC affiliate WYFF reported.

Douglas Lane, 53, of Charlotte, North Carolina, is accused of looking under the stall at the Cracker Barrel restaurant in Duncan, South Carolina, according to the report. Lane has been charged with voyeurism, simple possession of marijuana and paraphernalia, according to the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office.

Lane was held down and detained by parents visiting town for a girls’ softball tournament, Duncan Police Department Chief Carl Long told WYFF. 

A mug shot released by the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office showed Lane with facial injuries after the altercation.

In both North Carolina and South Carolina, Lane is a registered sex offender with an address listed in Charlotte.

In North Carolina, Lane’s record includes offenses for:

  • 2004: Secretly peeping into an occupied room. The victims were an 8 and 9 year old.
  • 2008: Secretly peeping into an occupied room. The victim was over the age of 18.

In South Carolina, Lane’s record includes offenses for:

  • 1997: An offense for peeping, voyeurism, or aggravated voyeurism. A victim’s age was not provided.
  • 1999: Failure to register as a sex offender

Lane appeared in court Monday, WYFF reported.

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Dads tackle sex offender accused of spying on girl in bathroom at Cracker Barrel



a man wearing a hat: Douglas Lane, 53, is shown in this mugshot photo from Sept. 20, 2020.


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Douglas Lane, 53, is shown in this mugshot photo from Sept. 20, 2020.

Several fathers subdued a registered sex offender outside a Cracker Barrel restaurant in North Carolina on Sunday after the man allegedly peeked under a teenage girl’s bathroom stall.

The incident happened at a Cracker Barrel in Charlotte, N.C., on Sunday morning, according to Duncan police Chief Carl Long.

A 15-year-old girl allegedly saw the suspect peek his head under her bathroom stall and reported it to her parents, police said. Staff found the man in the bathroom and kicked him out, they said.

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The girl and her parents were at the restaurant with several other families ahead of a girls’ softball tournament, according to reports.

The victim’s father and a few other dads chased the man out of the restaurant and prevented him from leaving until police arrived.

“Get him, he’s getting away!” they shouted, according to a witness who spoke to local station WYFF 4.

“The guy came running, sprinting out the front door with a very bloody nose,” another witness told local station WSPA.

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Video obtained by WSPA shows the suspect bloodied and sitting on the ground while surrounded by parents.

A profanity-filled video posted on TikTok shows one man scolding the suspect, who can be seen sitting on the grass surrounded by angry adults. There is blood on his face and shirt.

“I didn’t do nothing!” the suspect can be heard saying.

“Imma tell you, if that was my daughter, you wouldn’t walk away,” the man tells him.

Douglas Lane, 53, was arrested on voyeurism and drug charges, according to Spartanburg jail records.

A mugshot shows Lane with a large bandage around his head and blood on his face after the encounter.

Lane is a registered sex offender with four past voyeurism convictions dating as far back as 1996, records show.

A judge set a cash surety bond at $2,000 and ordered Lane to wear a GPS monitor. Lane was also ordered to move to South Carolina and avoid all contact with the victim and her family.

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Lane’s lawyer claimed during the hearing that the suspect didn’t know he was in the women’s bathroom.

His next court appearance is scheduled for Nov. 12.

With files from The Associated Press

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Parents tackle man accused of spying on girl in bathroom

DUNCAN, S.C. — A group of parents tackled and restrained a registered sex offender accused of spying on a 15-year-old girl in the women’s bathroom of a South Carolina Cracker Barrel restaurant over the weekend, authorities said.

Douglas Lane, 53, has been charged with voyeurism, as well as possession of marijuana and paraphernalia, according to Duncan Police Chief Carl Long.

Lane has several past convictions for similar behavior in both North and South Carolina dating back more than 20 years, court records show.

News outlets report that the incident occurred Sunday when the girl was using the bathroom and noticed a man looking out from under the stall beside her.

Lane tried to flee the scene after being confronted by the girl’s father but was stopped by a group of parents who were in town for a girls’ softball tournament, Long said. They tackled Lane in the parking lot and held him until police arrived.

A photo taken of Lane later in jail shows him with a bandage wrapped around his head and a bloodied nose.

During a bond hearing Monday, an attorney representing him claimed that Lane didn’t know he was in the women’s bathroom.

A judge set a cash surety bond at $2,000 and ordered Lane to wear a GPS monitor. He is expected back in court in November.

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Group of dads tackle, restrain sex offender accused of peeping at teen in Cracker Barrel bathroom

Douglas Lane, 53, of Charlotte, NC, is charged with voyeurism, simple possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia (Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office).

A group of fathers helped police arrest a man accused of looking under stalls in a South Carolina Cracker Barrel ladies room, reports say.

Duncan Police Chief Carl Long told WSPA that a 15-year-old girl in town for a softball tournament was in the bathroom at the Cracker Barrel on the 1500 block of East Main Street when she noticed something was moving near her feet. When she looked down, Long said she saw that a man’s head from the stall next to her.

Witnesses told WSPA that during the incident the 15-year-old victim was not the only girl in the bathroom at the time.

“I’ll never forget the way they looked after,” the witness said. “They were traumatized.”

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The girl told her father, who confronted the man, identified as 53-year-old Douglas Lane, of Charlotte, NC, after an employee got him out of the bathroom. When Lane tried to leave the restaurant, the police chief said a group of fathers tackled him and kept him restrained until officers got to the scene.

A witness inside the restaurant told WYFF that he saw a man with a bloody nose run outside before being tackled in the parking lot.  

Lane has been charged with voyeurism, simple possession of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to government records, Lane has been a registered sex offender in North Carolina since 2004, when he was convicted of secretly peeking into an occupied room in Mecklenburg County. In that case, the record shows his victims were 8 and 9 years old.

Four years later in the same county, Lane was convicted of secretly peeking into an occupied room with his victim being 18 or older.

South Carolina’s sex offender registry finds that Lane was convicted of peeping, voyeurism or aggravated voyeurism in 1997 and failure to register in 1999.

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