(WWJ) The attorney for an Independence Township woman who was caught on camera pointing a gun at a mother and her teenage daughter in an apparent racially charged exchange says there is more to the story.
The viral video shows Jillian Wuestenberg, 32, pointing a handgun while arguing with a woman in a Chipotle parking lot in Lake Orion Wednesday evening.
The woman has been identified in media reports as Takelia Hill.
Jillian’s husband; Eric Wuestenberg, 42, was also present. The couple is facing felonious assault charges, a four-year felony.
Although it is not captured on video, prosecutors say Mr. Wuestenberg also had a gun. He lost his job following the incident.
Witnesses say a shouting match broke out after Mrs. Wuestenberg allegedly bumped into the teenager outside the restaurant at Baldwin and Brown Rd. The 15-year-old asked for an apology. You can read more about what happened and see the video here.
“Videos do not show what is behind the camera. The videos have been edited, and the videos show a narrow field of view,” The couple’s attorney, Dean Greenblatt, told WWJ.
Greenblatt said, “a number of people were approaching (the Wuestenberg vehicle) behind the mother and daughter with the camera phone.”
“All those people, combined with the mother that threatened (the Wuestenbergs), created a sense of fear. Mrs. Wuestenberg feared for herself. She also feared for her husband.”
Mr. Wuestenberg lives with a disability, according to Greenblatt. They were parked in a handicap parking spot.
Greenblatt said the teenager blocked Mrs. Wuestenberg from entering her vehicle.
“Mrs. Wuestenberg rolled down the window, apologetic with the Mom and daughter. Nonetheless, Mom and daughter would not let them leave,” Greenblatt told WWJ’s Dan Jenkins.
He said Hill got behind the vehicle as Mr. Wuestenberg was trying to pull out, and then she started banging on the couple’s car.
“Not once, to alert someone she was back there, but repeatedly,” Greenblatt said. “There are five separate handprints on the car.”
Hill argued the couple tried to run her over.
Greenblatt told WWJ Mrs. Wuestenberg left the vehicle to defend her husband.
“She feared for his safety. She feared her own safety, which is quite clear from the vehicle. If you watch the video, you can see Mrs. Wuestenberg is scared to death,” Greenblatt said. “After she drew her weapon, she was informing on no uncertain terms the people who ha