A patron of Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen in Macon, GA was arrested Saturday after allegedly attacking service members in uniform—including a pregnant soldier—after a parking spot dispute.
The shocking assault was caught on smartphone videos obtained by The Telegraph and the Daily Mail. In them, Judy James Tucker, 71—who is white—can be seen inside the restaurant arguing with Stephanie Mitchell, 34, and Treasure Sharpe, 27, both black soldiers dressed in camouflage.
Tucker was questioned and arrested by police, and reportedly told them the fight broke out “because she was white and it was a race issue.”
According to the official report obtained by the paper, Mitchell claims she and Sharpe were parking their vehicle when Tucker’s son—unnamed in the report—“called them dumb b****es.” Inside the restaurant, the man again insulted the women, calling them “black lesbian b****es.”
The video picks up after that, showing Tucker’s daughter—also unnamed—forcefully moving toward Sharpe, who was at that point recording events with her phone.
“Are you aware that you assaulted my mother?,” Tucker’s daughter says to the service members. “Are you aware? My mother is bleeding.”
When Tucker herself chimes in, she says, “You were getting in our way while we tried to park.” Then, realizing she’s being recorded, she says, “Don’t you take a picture of me! You do not have the right to take a picture of me.”
According to the police report, the elderly woman then “lunged and struck Mrs. Sharpe in the face.”
“I’m pregnant! Look at me, I’m pregnant! You’re pushing a pregnant lady!,” Sharpe says in response.
“Well, my husband is handicapped!,” Tucker replies.
Various bystanders can be seen putting themselves between the women in an attempt to break up the fight.
Law enforcement quickly arrived on the scene, and according to the incident report, Tucker was deemed to be the primary aggressor.
“With all of the lunging and slapping happening, it was never shown through cell phone video that Mrs. Mitchell or Mrs. Sharpe did anything wrong,” the deputy’s report said. “In fact, Mrs. Mitchell tried, without fail, to stop the attack on Mrs. Sharpe.”
Tucker was charged with simple assault and posted bond Monday.
A spokesperson for Darden Restaurants—the owner of Cheddar’s—gave The Telegraph a written statement about the incident.
We were appalled by the behavior of the individuals who confronted the two female service members. Such behavior flies in the face of our values and those individuals are no longer welcome in our restaurant.”
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