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Cheddar’s Assault Video: 71-year-old Macon Woman Charged After Lunging at Pregnant Soldier

A 71-year-old woman has been arrested in connection with an alleged attack against a pregnant military service member following an argument over a parking spot.

Judy Tucker has been charged with one count of battery after she was filmed lunging at Stephanie Mitchell, 34, and Treasure Sharpe, 27, at Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen in Macon, Georgia, on Saturday (April 14).

In a clip which has since gone viral on social media, Tucker can be heard telling the women dressed in military camouflage uniform: “You were getting in our way while we tried to park.”

As the argument intensifies, Tucker is heard shouting at the women that they “do not have the right to take a picture of me” while one of women was attempting to capture the disagreement on their phone.

Tucker then attempts to snatch the phone away before the women started pushing each other.

In footage filmed by another witness, Sharpe can be heard in the video saying, “I’m pregnant. Look at me, I’m pregnant. You’re pushing a pregnant lady,” reports WXIA-TV.

Tucker can then be heard replying, "well, my husband is handicapped."

According to a Bibb County sheriff deputy’s report seen by The Telegraph, Tucker had "lunged and struck Mrs. Sharpe in the face” during the argument and appeared to be “primary aggressor.”

When officers arrived at the scene, Tucker reportedly told police the incident “started over a parking spot” and it was “because she was white and it was a race issue.”

Tucker was at the restaurant with her son and daughter, who are not named in the report. According to Mitchell, Sharpe started recording the argument after Tucker's son came up to them and allegedly called them "black lesbian bitches."

“With all of the lunging and slapping happening, it was never shown through cell phone video that Mrs. Mitchell or Mrs. Sharpe did anything wrong,” the deputy’s report read, according to The Telegraph. “In fact, Mrs. Mitchell tried, without fail, to stop the attack on Mrs. Sharpe.”

Tucker was later charged with one count of battery and booked into a Bibb County jail. She had been bonded out by Monday (April 16).

In a statement, Brittany Baron, spokeswoman for Darden Restaurants, who own Cheddar’s, said: "We were appalled by the behavior of the individuals who confronted the two female service members. Such behavior flies in the face of our values and those individuals are no longer welcome in our restaurant."

Tucker is an artist who occasionally teaches classes at colleges in Macon. In a statement, Mercer University spokesman Kyle Sears said Tucker is not currently employed by the school.

"She has occasionally taught an art class in the past, but will not be teaching at Mercer in the future,” Sears said.