A Fort Stewart soldier in Savannah, Georgia has been taken into custody by military police after he erupted in a violent outburst over a parking space in a mall parking lot. “Shut up, shut the f*** up,” he screams at a nearby woman, who he accuses of blocking his car while waiting for a parking spot.
The soldier, incensed, proceeds to rip off his uniform shirt, before twisting the arm of the woman beside him and screaming “Don’t f***king touch me” in her face. The original video of the altercation has since gone viral on Facebook.
The man is a member of the 3rd Infantry Division (ID), WSAV reports. According to officials, the incident is currently under investigation.
De’Minka Spaulding, a woman involved in the incident, said she was simply waiting for a parking spot at the Oglethorpe Mall. The now-viral video was captured by Spaulding's friend who was sitting in a car nearby.
“He kept throwing up the race card and being disrespectful and ‘b**** that and b**** this,'” she said. “So, we start arguing back and forth I didn’t know what else to do because he started taking his anger out on his wife.”
In the video, the woman can be seen getting into the car. But local news has not confirmed whether the two are married.
“My heart just went out to her, I was hurt before, so I don’t know. I just felt like I had to do something,” said Spaulding. “If all I could do was pull out my phone that’s what I was going to do.”
“He was like, you know ‘f*** this uniform f*** this country’ and I am just like, I can’t believe he said that,” Spaulding added. “This is the person that is supposed to representing this country, who is supposed to protect me.”
Fort Stewart Hunter Army Airfield provided the following statement to WSAV, "3rd Infantry Division leadership is aware of an incident involving one of our soldiers captured on video yesterday. The soldier has been positively identified and has been detained. We are working with the appropriate civilian and military authorities to address this situation. This soldier’s behavior and actions are not condoned by the 3rd Infantry Division and are not in keeping with the values instilled in our Dogface soldiers or our Army."
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