Approved ~~ MJM
COLUMBIA, TN (WSMV) – A Popeyes employee was charged with aggravated assault after cell phone video captured a frightening scene in the restaurant’s parking lot Tuesday night.
Police arrested 29-year-old Deriance Ra’Shaiel Hughes after he body slammed a woman following a verbal altercation inside the restaurant.
The video, which was posted on social media, shows a woman being picked up, then slammed to the ground.
The woman was identified by her attorney as 55-year-old Debra Staggs. Staggs has hired the Rocky McElhaney Law Firm. The firm said Staggs has nine fractures, six cracked ribs and a broken knee. She was undergoing surgery at Vanderbilt on Friday.
There are conflicting versions of what happened leading up to the body slamming incident.