77-year-old: I was attacked in Kroger after telling someone not to park in fire lane

77-year-old man attacked in Kroger after telling someone not to park in fire lane

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — A 77-year-old man was punched in the face as he walked into a grocery store in Gwinnett County, Georgia, and now police are looking for the person responsible.

It happened at the Kroger on Braselton Highway, and it all started in the fire lane in front of the store.

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The victim, who did not want to be identified by name, said on Jan. 23 around 4:30 p.m. he pulled up, saw someone parked there, and on his way inside the store, he said, “You're not supposed to park here.”

Police said surveillance video shows a woman, who was in the parked car in the fire lane outside, go in the store, walk up to the victim and say something.

Officials said a man who was with her then assaulted the 77-year-old man.

“And the next thing I know, this jerk comes around and just cold-cocks me right flat on the floor,” the victim said.

Witnesses told police they couldn’t believe it happened.

The suspect took off and police are still looking for him now.

There’s video of the assault that Kroger cameras recorded, but investigators said they’re not releasing it yet because the case is still open.

“I had no idea he was even in the place until he came round in front and punched me,” the victim said.

The incident is a reminder to shoppers that you may want to tell police when someone is doing something illegal instead of saying something to that person. You never know what they are going to do.

It happened at the Kroger on Braselton Highway, and it all started in the fire lane in front of the store.
It happened at the Kroger on Braselton Highway, and it all started in the fire lane in front of the store. (WSBTV.com)