Disabled veteran ambushed by four people in possible hate crime at grocery store

(Source: Pamela Ahlstedt-Brown)

The Louisville Metro Police Department are investigating a brutal Mother’s Day attack against a female Army veteran at a Kroger grocery store- one that may be considered a hate crime.

Pamela Ahlstedt-Brown, a disabled veteran, found herself in dire straits on May 9, when she attempted to back out of a handicapped space but found herself deliberately blocked in.

The offending vehicle -described as a black Dodge sports car- was occupied by four black young women who were hostile from first contact.

“I get out and I say, ‘Do you guys need any help?’ and she said, ‘F* you, you white b**.’ I said, ‘Hold on, you don’t even know me,’” Brown said. “I said, ‘That’s fine. If you don’t need anything, that’s fine. I’ll get back in the car.’”

The four women threw the contents of a cup at Brown before brutally attacking her.

“I mean, they were beating me, and I was in a fetal position, covering my face, making sure they didn’t get my eyes,” she said.

Despite Kroger personnel being on-site, the attack was eventually stopped by passersby.

Suffering a broken nose and other injuries, Brown soon found herself being given the run-around by Kroger staff and Louisville Metro police, who would not give the security footage to her family.

Brown’s daughter, who called police multiple times, was reportedly hung up on my LMPD personnel.

“They told her, ‘You could have got the video from Kroger the first day.’ And then he followed that up with, ‘Well, a detective has it, so you can’t get it from Kroger.’ So which was is it? His response was to hang up on her,” Brown said.

According to WAVE3, Brown’s family is concerned that race was the motivating reason for the attack against Brown, whose husband is black.

LMPD claims they are investigating the incident, and that any “hate crime” modifiers will be up to the court.

“We’re gonna collect all the evidence, present it in court, and they will decide,” a Louisville Metropolitan Police Department spokesman said. “A hate crime is an enhancement, in this case, it’s an assault is where we are at at this time. The courts will eventually decide that.”

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