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As Robinson put the malt liquor bottle down, he glimpsed a plastic container hanging from a string around Lawrence's neck and guessed it was a homemade bomb. Police officers entered the topless club and Lawrence later surrendered.
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Police said Lawrence pulled out an 8-inch hunting knife and began slashing tables, leopard-print chairs and a pair of 7-foot-tall lamps. That was when police said this father's love got violent.
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Clad in camouflage, Lee Wayne Lawrence burst through the doors of one of this town's two strip clubs, afraid he would see his teen-age daughter on stage. His fears that Dec. She had auditioned for about an hour the night before.
It's not just for my daughter, but for all the other daughters out there. Manager Vic Robinson shouted to an employee across the room to lock the dancers' dressing room door and hustle them out a back door.
Lawrence said he erupted in the club "to get somebody to help. Robinson, the club manager, said he turned Kera down as a dancer because her identification, listing her age as 18, appeared to be fake. Authorities were considering a federal charge of carrying an explosive device because they say the container around his neck contained gunpowder.
But Lawrence, who said his daughter is not yet 18, said such bars should not hire anyone under age 21, although legally they can employ to year-old strippers. Lawrence, 41, asked for a drink. The club is surrounded by a grocery store, a fast-food restaurant, a dry-cleaning store and a self-storage business.
Lawrence has been kept in solitary confinement under suicide watch because he has acted highly agitated, said Wichita County Sheriff Tom Callahan. According to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Lawrence served nine years in prison for assaulting a police officer in and served five years for selling drugs in Maximus is one of two strip clubs in Wichita Falls, a city ofabout miles northwest of Dallas, near the Oklahoma line.
I'd do it times over. The club manager called this incident "a freak thing" but said he planned to beef up security by adding surveillance cameras.