Couple Facing Possible Jail Time After Woman Points Gun In Heated Racial Exchange Outside Orion Township Chipotle [VIDEO]

The couple faces up to four years in prison

Marisa Jenkins
July 02, 2020 - 4:44 pm

(WWJ) An Independence Township couple has been charged with felonious assault following an armed confrontation, caught on camera outside a Chipotle in Oakland County. 

They face up to four years behind bars if convicted. The husband has lost his job. 

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Shocking video shows a white woman pointing a handgun and demanding others get away from her vehicle, while arguing with a Black woman in the parking lot of the restaurant in Orion Township Wednesday evening.

According to witnesses, the suspect got into an argument with the victim, identified in media reports as Takelia Hill, and her 15-year-old daughter, after the woman alleged bumped into the teen outside the restaurant. 

Video of the incident has since gone viral, with many in the comments calling the white woman a "Karen." The initial clip has been viewed more than 10.5 million times on Twitter. 

**Please note: Video below is unedited and contains profanity.

The heated exchange escalated into a shouting match in which the word "racist" can be heard a number of times. At one point the white woman says: "You can't just walk around calling white people racist. This is not that type of world. White people aren't racist, no one is racist.'"

Eventually the woman, since identified as 32-year-old Jillian Wuestenberg, and her husband try to drive away, when Hill is seen behind the vehicle appearing to punch the rear window.

Hill alleges that the driver tried to run her over before the other woman gets back out of the car, brandishing a gun, pointing it, and saying: "Get away!"

Several people called 911, and Wuestenberg was arrested at the scene, along with her husband, 42-year-old Eric Wuestenberg. 

No shots were fired and no one was injured. 

“So this is America,” Hill later wrote on Facebook about the incident. “I’ve never in my life had a gun pulled out on me...I’ve never felt so helpless in my life I’m so shaken up.”

Following an investigation, Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard said Jillian Wuestenberg and Eric Wuestenberg have each been charged with one count of felonious assault. While it may not be seen in the videos, it's alleged that the husband also had a gun, Bouchard said.

The sheriff played a series of 911 calls for reporters on Thursday — from those involved, as well as from the perspective of frightened bystanders. 

Bouchard said that while both sides claimed they felt "extremely threatened," it was prosecutors presented with the facts who determined that the Wuestenbergs committed a crime. 

The sheriff's advice in tense moments like this? "Walk away."

"I understand that there's a high degree of tension and there's a lot of anxiety in our communities," Bouchard added, "but I would just say this: You know we are asking and expect our police, and rightfully so, to deescalate every situation they possibly can, and we should be doing that. But I would also say that that needs to happen with us, individually, in our own lives in situations. That we interact with each other and deescalate those moments.

"We see situations where the tension is very quick, people are on edge, and there's a quick acceleration to anger and physical violence. So, I guess my plea is let us all try to be that voice of calm in the storm, and remember each one of us is a human being that deserves respect, and from my personal point of view is a blessing from God. So let's treat each other like that."

Both suspects are in custody. 

Bouchard said neither has a criminal record, and each had a concealed pistol license (CPL). 

This comes at a time of heightened racial tension, following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, and amid ongoing Black Lives Matter demonstrations across the U.S.