Grandmother reaches out to police after brutal Kroger attack

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A 15-year-old is behind bars and a least three others are being questioned in connection with a brutal beating outside an east Memphis Kroger.

The video of the attack went viral, and police arrested a teen.

He faces a number of charges, including aggravated assault.

WREG spoke with a mother and grandmother who said their teen was brought in for questioning.

The grandmother, who doesn’t want to reveal her name, called police Monday morning after learning about the attack on TV.

She told them  her grandson was there when a mob of teens became violent.

She said police picked up her 15-year-old grandson and brought him in for questioning Monday morning.

“I know that my grandson was down there.  Went to Cici’s and saw on the news where they telling the parents to call if they know anybody that was down there, so that’s why I called because I want him to do the right thing,” she said.

Police say the mob attacked at least three people, including two teenagers who work at the grocery store.

Investigators say the suspects continued kicking the victims until they were unconscious.

The teens told police pumpkins were even thrown at their heads.

The mother of the 15-year-old, who also doesn’t want reveal her name, said detectives came to her home Sunday looking for her son,  but he wasn’t there.

“I told them when he do come I would call them so they could pick him up because they didn’t want him to run, which he would have run,” she said.

She said her son has anger management problems and is currently suspended from Douglass High School.

She isn’t sure if he’s involved in the attack.

“I hope not.  I can’t say he did and I can’t say he didn’t.  I’m just praying that he didn’t,” she stated.

The mother and grandmother want parents of others involved in this attack to encourage their teens to make the right choice.

“I want him to tell the truth and I want him to tell whoever was involved to come forward,” said the mother.

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