Chris Hansen was subjected to an unexpected plot twist during a new episode of "Crime Watch Daily" when he realized he knew the alleged predator he was meeting (video below).
The episode is set to air on Oct. 28. Hansen said he did not recognize the man until he was face to face with him, the Daily Mail reported.
“I honestly did not realize it until I walked out,” Hansen said. “And then I suddenly recognized him because we used to commute into the city every day together from Connecticut.”
Hansen said he would occasionally chat with the man while on the train.
The man allegedly thought he was meeting up with a 13-year-old boy.
Condoms and gay porn were found inside the man’s car. He ran out of the home as soon as he saw Hansen.
“Oh s***. No, Chris!” the man said when he saw Hansen.
“What are you doing here?” Hansen asked him.
The suspect was taken in for questioning. He claimed he thought he was meeting up with an 18-year-old, not a 13-year-old. He said he had been wearing glasses because he scratched his eye and could not wear his contact lenses.
“I could show you that I was at my ophthalmologist yesterday ... an eye doctor,” the man explained, adding that the glasses were the reason he “didn’t see that correctly.”
“I thought it said 18,” he said. “I would never, ever in my entire life meet a 13-year-old … it’s disgusting. Consenting adults is a different story.”
The man confirmed he knew Hansen.
“Chris Hansen ... I know him, he’s a friend of mine,” said the suspect. “I commuted with him on the train for years and that’s more of an embarrassment than anything. When you meet Chris Hansen in the kitchen, there’s no win.”