PLEASANT VIEW, Tenn. (WKRN) — A father of a 7-year-old boy detained an alleged “Peeping Tom” in a bathroom until law enforcement officers arrived.
Body camera video from the Cheatham County Sheriff’s Department shows the moment when deputies raced into the restroom of a Pleasant View, Tennessee, convenience store on Friday.
The call initially came into police dispatch as an armed man preventing another man from leaving a convenience store restroom. When deputies arrived, they found a man blocking the exit, accusing another man of watching his son use the bathroom.
Standing beside the far wall was the suspect, Brian Nicklas.
“I made sure he stood in that corner where he was at,” the boy’s father told deputies. “I told him he wasn’t leaving. He tried to leave, and I said, ‘No, you ain’t going nowhere but to jail.'”
According to the child’s father, he and his son were using the restroom when Nicklas came to a urinal next to the boy and blatantly peeked over the partition between the urinals to watch the boy urinate.
When questioned by deputies, Nicklas, 42, admitted that it happened.
Nicklas: “He’s right, I was. I did actually peek at his, his boy.”
Deputy: “You peeked at him?”
Nicklas: Yeah, is that actually illegal?”
The boy’s father told investigators he was armed but he never pulled his pistol.
Father: “I told him, I said, ‘Look, I got a weapon. This guy’s not leaving.’ I said, ‘I have not unholstered it yet, but if he tries to leave, I will.'”
Deputies asked the father if he wanted to prosecute, to which he responded, “Yeah, I want his a** in jail.”
With that, the deputies handcuffed Nicklas and escorted him to a waiting squad car.
Nicklas was charged with observation without consent, which is a misdemeanor. He has no prior arrest history in the county.
He is out of jail on a $50,000 bond and is scheduled to be back in court on May 24.