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College Football Player Hailed as Hero After Chasing Down Accused Bathroom Voyeur


Tristan Payton, a student and football player at the University of Central Florida, may have found his post-graduation calling — in law enforcement.

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The wide receiver helped campus police apprehend an accused restroom voyeur Wednesday who had attempted to flee from the scene and delete the evidence from his phone.

“Without [Payton] getting involved we would not have had the key evidence we needed to make an arrest,” UCF Police Chief Richard Beary said at a press conference honoring Payton and his coach Joseph Morton, who also assisted.

The suspect was ultimately arrested and booked on eight counts including burglary, lewd and lascivious behavior and video voyeurism.   

The drama unfolded after a teenage girl in the women’s restroom attending a cheerleading camp noticed a camera underneath a stall. When she alerted campus officials, 21-year-old Jonathan Hui was seen fleeing from the scene.

Hui, a student at the school majoring in international and global studies, was reportedly able to outrun a number of pursuers — but not Payton.

“The wide receiver [is] one of the fastest guys on the team," said a beaming Beary at the press conference. Payton and Morton were able to hold Hui down until police could arrive to make an arrest.

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Hui reportedly promised to delete the photos and thought the incident was “funny,” the Orlando Sentinel reported. The accused voyeur was remanded to the Orange County Jail, but has since been released on bail.

UCF athletic director Danny White said in a statement: "We feel deeply sorry for the victim and their family in this situation. We are very proud of Tristan for assisting the police in apprehending this individual.

"We appreciate Chief Beary and the police department honoring Tristan and Joseph Morton for their heroic act. Tristan has represented UCF and his family in an exceptional manner."

Both Payton and Morton declined requests to speak to the media about their heroic actions.

For their efforts, Chief Beary presented each man with a commemorative challenge coin and, for Payton, a job application to join the ranks of the UCF police.

“A person that cares about their community and is willing to take action, we want you on our team too."

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