White couple arrested after taking photo of handgun on black woman and family outside Michigan restaurant, authorities say.
Jillian Wuestenberg, 32, and Eric Wuestenberg, 42, were charged with criminal assault on Thursday, Oakland County prosecutor Jessica Cooper said in a statement.
The incident involving the couple outside a Chipotle in the canton of Orion, first reported by The Detroit News, went viral online after the family involved recorded the confrontation.
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In the videos, which show part of the interaction, a woman can be seen with her gun pointed directly at Takelia Hill, a black woman who said the incident happened when she and her 15-year-old daughter , Makayla Green, had entered the restaurant. .
In the moments before the recording started, the family alleged that Ms. Wuestenberg had passed her daughter when she left the fast food restaurant and that Ms. Green had asked the woman for an apology, after which the situation had improved. aggravated and an argument ensued.
During the first alleged confrontation, Ms. Wuestenberg attempted to flee when Ms. Hill found herself behind the SUV.
The video does not indicate whether Ms. Hill intentionally moved behind the SUV or whether the vehicle backed up to where she was standing. Ms. Hill responds by tapping the rear window of the vehicle, after which the two people inside exit and the woman takes out the pistol.
In the video, the woman shouts “go” and points her gun directly at Ms. Hill. She then shouts to him to stay away from the back of his vehicle. The woman finally returns to her vehicle and leaves.
Sheriff Michael Bouchard told reporters that the couple, from the township of Independence, had both concealed pistol licenses.
MPs seized the couple’s two handguns after their arrest on Wednesday evening.
Prosecutor Cooper told the Associated Press that her office had viewed the available video and investigated the facts before laying charges.
“It’s an unfortunate set of circumstances where temperament is very high, essentially, not really an incident,” she said of the episode.
It was not immediately clear when Mr. and Mrs. Wuestenberg would be brought to justice or whether they had lawyers to represent them.
Additional reporting by the Associated Press.