Hero Father in Tamarac Saves Daughters from Pervert Peeping Tom


Tamarac Father James Hallas is a Hero to his Daughters after Catching Peeping Tom

Tamarac Resident James Hallas was getting ready for bed on March 30th, when he had a feeling that he left his wallet in his van.  He stepped outside of his Westwood 21 home just to make sure.

While outside, he saw a man (Michael Johnston) walk towards his backyard.  Not knowing where the man was going, Hallas followed him.  Thinking he disappeared into the night, Hallas looked again and saw the stranger with his face pressed against his daughter’s bedroom window trying to look inside.  The way that Johnston walked towards the window that evening, Hallas believes he had been there before.

After the Trayvon Martin incident, I knew I had to be in control.  Don’t act like a cop wanna be I told myself. – James Hallas – on the rage he felt upon discovering a peeping tom looking into his daughter’s bedroom window.

Hallas was furious, but tried to talk to Johnston in an authoritative and controlling way.  However, at the time, he was shocked.

The peeping tom, in shock himself from getting caught, blamed Hallas.  He even called him a pervert for catching him peeping.

“Call the police!” Hallas shouted to his oldest daughter on the other side of the window.

From BSO - Michael Johnston

Hallas put his hand on Johnston’s shirt and ordered him to stay put, but Johnston hit Hallas in the neck and took off running down the street.

Hallas followed ten feet behind, so he could lead the police to him.  Once near a canal, Johnston turned around to confront him physically, so Hallas grabbed him and threw him in the water.   Johnston got out and started running again, only to stop and catch his breath periodically.

Hallas stayed behind him and told him he was going to make sure the police knew where he lived.  Sure enough, Johnston led Hallas back to the Kingspoint condominium he shared with his parents.

You’re trespassing, I’m going to sue you! – Michael Johnston said after being followed home by Hallas.

Broward Sheriff’s Office arrested him and identified him as Michael Neil Johnston, 26, and charged him with three counts of voyeurism, one count of battery, and one count of burglary with assault.

Hallas, a Tamarac resident for over 19 years is now a hero to his three daughters.  Hallas just feels like God played a big part in all of this.

“He guided me outside that night for some reason.”

About Sharon Aron Baron

Sharon Aron Baron

Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Tamarac Talk and Coral Springs Talk. Tamarac Talk was created in 2010 to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Tamarac and to give resident’s a forum. We are not affiliated with the City of Tamarac. That’s why this site can be occasionally opinionated and obviously open.


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  • Chris Gordon

    Way to be proactive and good job for being a good father to your daughters.

  • wow, what a great story! An amazing dad to chase this guy down and make sure he was caught!

  • Candi

    Hats off to this dad for being proactive and helping to apprehed this pervert so he does not do this ever agian to someone esle. I truly understand this as I once had a peeping Tom for months. TO know someone had been peering through my window looking at me sent waves of fear through me. I felt violated.

    The difference between this incident and the Trayvon Martin case is that this father actually witnessed Mr. Johnston breaking the law when he saw him peeping into his daughters’ window. George Zimmerman did not see Trayvon Martin do anything. He just felt he looked suspicious because he was young, black and wearing a hoodie in his neighborhood.

    My home was burglarized a few weeks ago during Spring Break. There is evidence that the perpetrators were teenagers. A few days later, I saw some suspicious young men that seemed to be casing out the home of the man next door. I watched them and called the police. We should be responsible to our neighbors and neighborhood to get involved. Bukt we cannot become vigilanties in the process. Lesson learned: The boys who I thought were casing out the house were actually visiting my neighbor from another part of Florida that were on a Spring Break at a different time than Broward schools. Thank God I did not let my emotions get the better of me.

    Hats off to this dad for using a level head. He is surely a hero.

  • dan

    Good thoughts Candi.. And good actions James!

  • Denise

    So proud of you Jim!

  • Danielle

    Way to go Jim!!! I am proud and privileged to know you personality. YOU ARE COURAGEOUS!!!!!

  • bob

    How do u know that the young man wasn’t looking for his cat in jims yard? Too many wanna be cops out. I’m very disappointed with our tamarac residents, our biggest problems are young black males that terrorize our beautiful city, keep that tras h in n. Lauderdale, now we locked up a innocent white kid over someones assumptions. Wake up tamarac!!!