A man confronted another man at Ingles last week alleging that he was taking pictures of a woman in the store which led to a fight with a knife.

According to Madison Police Department reports, officers were called to Ingles, Eatonton Road at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, after a fight broke out on one of the frozen food aisles. Reports state that an officer observed “multiple blood spots and puddles on the floor” and an open pocket knife and broken glasses on the aisle.

An 18-year-old male alleged that a 53-year-old man was taking inappropriate pictures of an Ingles employee. The man said his girlfriend had told him she had observed the older man taking the pictures and had seen the pictures appear on the man’s cell phone screen.

The teen said he confronted the man and told him to delete the pictures. The teen said the older man denied taking any pictures and, when the teen approached, pushed the teen away. The teen said he then punched the man in the face between seven to 15 times and the man eventually fled to the back of the store.

An officer located the man at the rear of the store. The man alleged that the teen had approached him “in a threatening manner” and he had pushed him away when the pummeling began. An officer noted that the man had cut on his nose, a bloody eye and blood on his clothing. The man told the officer that he withdrew and opened his pocket knife for protection but never used the weapon.

An officer noted that he searched the man’s phone for recent photos and did not find any inappropriate photos.

The teen told officers he began punching the man as a defensive mechanism after the man pushed him away. No one was arrested in the incident but a pre-warrant hearing before Morgan County Magistrate Judge Connie Holt has been scheduled to determine if any charges are warranted.


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