A Wendy’s drive-thru customer who complained his order was cold was allegedly sprayed with hot oil by a frustrated restaurant manager, leaving the customer with severe burns and numerous blisters all over his body. The incident reportedly occurred in Huntingdon, Tennessee on Tuesday, October 5.
Demarrus Pritchett, 21, a shift supervisor at Wendy’s in Huntingdon, a town about 115 miles west of Nashville, has been charged with aggravated assault after spraying 23-year-old customer Zayveon Johnson with hot oil, causing severe burns which resulted in “obvious and extensive blisters” all over her body, Daily News reported.
On Tuesday evening, October 5, at around 11 p.m., Johnson allegedly ordered food from the drive-thru at Wendy’s in Huntingdon and realized that his meal was being served cold. He walked through the queue again to request a refund, during which the altercation occurred between Pritchett and the victim.
When investigators analyzed the CCTV footage, they discovered that Pritchett, while “making a cash refund,” returned to the restaurant kitchen, obtained hot oil in a heavy-duty metal pan. fryer, returned to the drive-thru window, and allegedly sprayed Johnson with the burning substance, according to a sworn affidavit from Ethan Parham, an officer with the Huntingdon Police Department.
“The young man raised his arm to protect his face,” said Walter Smothers, director of public safety for the Huntingdon Police Department.
Smothers added that the hot oil had reached the victim’s armpits and along his side, resulting in second and third degree burns and blisters. The client was treated at a local hospital for burns to his left side and arm, which showed obvious and extensive blisters, the smoking gun reported.
When Pritchett was questioned by investigators, he admitted to throwing boiling oil on Johnson. He added that Johnson had harassed him for several weeks over dogs. However, details of this dispute were not disclosed.
Johnson’s mother said her son still couldn’t believe what had happened.
“He was like, ‘Mom, I really thought he was going to go to the back and prepare my food and bring it back,” the victim’s mother said.
Pritchett was arrested on Wednesday, October 6, charged with aggravated assault and held in the Carroll County Jail. He has since been released on $ 5,000 bail.