MPD: Four victims in Kroger attack


A mob of teenagers attacking a Kroger employee caught on camera

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong today said four victims have now been identified in the attack at the Highland and Poplar Kroger store Saturday night.

Originally we were told one customer and two Kroger employees were attacked.

Armstrong said the incident started as a fight between two female teenagers at Cici’s pizza buffet.

That fight spilled into the parking lot and then the attack happened.

Armstrong and District Attorney Amy Weirich both said there is no evidence the attack at Kroger was a hate crime as the law defines it.

Weirich said a hate crime constitutes denying someone’s constitutional rights due to their religion, race or other determining factor.

The first person attacked was white, the two Kroger employees attacked were black and white.

The fourth person was an adult whose car was attacked by teens outside the CiCi’s restaurant.

Armstrong said he doesn’t always like the way the system works and if it were up to him, he would reduce crime in Memphis fifty percent the first year and a hundred percent the second year.

One adult and ten teenagers have been arrested in connection to this weekend’s Kroger parking lot attack.

Nineteen-year-old Raheem Richardson is charged with aggravated assault and aggravated riot.

The three people attacked are doing OK.

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