UCF football player runs down alleged cheerleading camp voyeur
University of Central Florida football player Tristan Payton can add crime-stopper to his list of roles at the school.
Payton, who plays wide receiver for the Knights, helped Wednesday in apprehending a suspected voyeur accused of filming teenage girls in a bathroom stall inside CFE Arena, UCF’s on-campus basketball arena.
When confronted, Hui ran out of the arena, through a connecting Jimmy Johns, and crossed the street in an attempt to elude police. He ran along Memory Mall, a large strip of land routinely used for tailgating, and was spotted by Payton, who sprang into action.
Payton ran down Hui and held him until officers arrived, taking the suspect’s phone in the process, thereby preventing him from deleting the evidence.
Hui was arrested and charged with eight counts, including burglary, lewd and lascivious behavior and video voyeurism.
Both Payton and the girls’ coach, Joseph Morton, were awarded with challenge coins by the campus police department during a press conference held on Thursday.
Payton, who has yet to declare a major, was also presented with an application for the UCF Police Department.
“Once you graduate, you come see us,” said UCF Police Chief Richard Beary during the press conference, “because a person that cares about their community and is willing to take action, we want you on our team too.”
Payton is entering his sophomore season and caught 21 passes for 264 yards and a touchdown as a freshman.