Alexander Crabtree, 38, of Florida, is accused of hogtying his 6-year-old daughter outside of her school, after the girl was suspended for holding a pair of scissors to another student’s throat.
Several witnesses, including parents, and the principal of the school saw Crabtree yelling at the child, threatening her, and then using a dog leash to hogtie her.
He reportedly told the young girl, “Shut the f*** up or I’ll kill you. You better shut the f**k up or you’re going to pay for this.”
The principal called the police, but by the time police arrived, Crabtree had left with the child. He was later arrested.
The witness said as he watched the man screaming at and grabbing the young girl, he tried to intervene, but the school’s principal showed up just as he attempted to.
The principal called police on the man, but by the time police arrived, the man and the girl had left.
“He went and got a rope and came back with it,” the father said of Crabtree. “It was a skinny, little dog leash — like a 10-foot dog leash — and started wrapping it around her legs like he was going to hogtie her.”
Police later tracked down and arrested Crabtree. During an interview with investigators, the suspect said he was at the school because the girl had been suspended for holding scissors up to another student’s throat.
After being suspended, the girl reportedly refused to leave the school. Witnesses told police they saw the girl screaming and grabbing onto poles.
The father who witnessed the incident said that regardless of the circumstances, he believes there was a better way for the man to handle the situation.
“To go to the extreme of tying someone up, putting your hand around their throat,” he said. “Telling em you’re going to (expletive) break their jaw.”
Police arrested Crabtree after the incident and charged him with child abuse and resisting an officer without violence.
Crabtree is a registered sex offender, WFOX reports.