Police have released surveillance video from an alleged attack at a Memphis, Tennessee, Kroger store that shows a different side of the story than that told by the alleged victim, KTLA sister station WREG reported Thursday.
Megan Wilson says a man in line behind her attacked her because she was using coupons and her transaction was taking too long.
But newly released surveillance footage from the incident, which happened last Friday night, shows Wilson spilled her drink on the man behind her as she turned to leave. Wilson said it was accidental.
“When I turned to walk away, my hand hit the little thing and it spilled on him,” she told WREG. “And I said, ‘Oh, my bad,’ and I turned and went to go grab my cart and he grabbed me by the back of the head and smashed my face into the cart.”
The footage shows her hand didn't appear to hit anything before the can's contents were spilled on the man.
WREG reached out to Wilson Wednesday for comment after the surveillance video was released, but the station hasn't heard back yet.
The man can be seen lunging at Wilson, but what happens next is still unclear because the video doesn't show that angle.
“Everything kind of went black for a minute and when I came to, I was on the ground,” Wilson said. “So I stumbled to get up and the floor was slippery because obviously when he hit me, my drink went everywhere.”
Wilson initially described what preceded the struggle to WREG Monday, admitting it took about 20 minutes for her to check out as she went through her sizable coupon collection .
"He started shouting, 'Come on, there's other people out here. Nobody has time for this,'" she said. “I do carry a binder with a filing system in it. And then I usually also have a duffel bag or a large purse-type bag that I carry full inserts and things like that in.”
She says the man began harassing her before the alleged attack because he was sick of waiting.
Police say Wilson had a small scratch on her forehead and refused medical treatment, but she told WREG she has a possible cracked rib, a hip strain, bruises and a knot on her head.
Now, she wants Kroger to step up and take action.
“I want them to be aware and I want them to help keep their customers safe and I want this man to pay for what he did,” she said. “You know, justice.”
The Memphis Police Department is still looking for the man in that video. They say he took off in a blue Ford F-150 truck.