Law enforcement authorities in Louisville, Kentucky are probing a brutal Mother’s Day attack in a grocery store parking lot that left a disabled army veteran bloodied and suffering from a broken nose, as the Washington Examiner reports.
Pamela Ahlstedt-Brown reported to police that while parked in a handicapped space at a local Kroger store, she noticed that another vehicle was blocking her. She subsequently exited her car to ask if she might provide assistance, and that is when the confrontation began.
According to Ahlstedt-Brown, her offer of help was immediately met with “F – – – you, you white b – — -” from one of the four young Black women in the vehicle believed to have been a Dodge Charger or Challenger. At that point, one of the women threw a cup in Ahlstedt-Brown’s direction and the group proceeded to physically attack her.
“I mean, they were beating me, and I was in a fetal position, covering my face, making sure they didn’t get my eyes, Ahlstedt-Brown recalled, according to the Examiner.
Eventually, according to the victim, passers-by, rather than Kroger’s own security personnel, stepped in to stop the altercation, but the alleged attackers departed the scene with no further intervention.
Ahlstedt-Brown sustained a broken nose in the melee, and her face and clothing was bloodied, causing her husband Edward to explain how traumatic the experience was for their family, telling local NBC affiliate WAVE, “It was terrible for [their children] and for me to have their mom come home in that condition.”
Suffering from anxiety and nightmares since the incident occurred, Ahlstedt-Brown remains grateful that she made it home alive. She and her husband expressed their concern that race may have been a motivating factor in the incident, given the verbal insult that kicked off the violent assault.
The Examiner noted that the investigation undertaken by the Louisville police into the incident remains ongoing, with officials from the department saying that the courts will determine whether hate crime charges are warranted.
The Louisville Metropolitan Police Department has asked anyone with information on the attack to contact its anonymous tip line, and with any luck, those responsible will be brought to justice sooner rather than later.