A White Michigan woman, who was charged with felonious assault for pointing a gun at a Black mother and her children, tried to explain her incredulous actions in an interview.

Jillian Wuestenberg spoke to WXYZ-TV, wailing as she described the incident that happened at a Michigan Chipotle restaurant in Orion Township on July 1.

Describing her account of the confrontation with Takelia Hill and the two girls, Wuestenberg said she "was terrified at that moment." 



The 32-year-old said she was walking out of the restaurant with a large bag of food when the Black family accused her of bumping into one of the two girls. 

"There are a lot of facts that are missing," she said. "A lot of things that have only been seen from one side and not through our eyes." The reporter then asks her to clarify what "things" she's referring to.

"This was just an attack, pure and simple from the other side," Wuestenberg said.

"I wasn't sure if my bag bumped this young woman who was very close to me or if I bumped the door. It could have been either," Wuestenberg said. "It took me just a little bit to realize that I had bumped into something or someone."

She continued to defend herself in the interview, saying the young woman came out and started yelling.

"I just held my left hand up and said walk away," Wuestenberg said. "It escalated from there."

Video of the incident, which went viral, shows what happened as the confrontation continued to escalate. 

"This ignorant woman bumped into a 15-year-old," a woman is heard saying in the video.

Wuestenberg then said the family was blocking her from getting into her car, but the girl denied the accusation. After Wuestenberg got into the car, her husband and Hill's family continued to argue.

"Who the f**k do you think you guys are?" the husband said as the family challenged him "to do something." 

As the couple pulled out of the parking lot, they almost bumped into Hill. The mother then yelled at the couple and slapped the car. Wuestenberg followed up by jumping out of the car and pointing a gun at the family.

In the interview with WXYZ-TV, Wuestenberg said fear and confusion were running through her mind during the confrontation. 

"I didn't understand how it escalated to where it escalated," she said. "I was afraid."

Describing herself as "a very outgoing and friendly person," Wuestenberg said she didn't mean to do anything purposely mean to the family.

The woman added that she carries a gun because she is very protective of herself but has never pulled it on anyone before.  

Wuestenberg sobbed during the interview, saying that she was intimidated by the family, who at no point in the video appeared to be carrying weapons of any sort.

"I thought I'm not going home tonight," she said. "I need to live. I need to survive."

When asked if she would have done anything differently, Wuestenberg said she would have stayed home and cooked.

The woman's attorney also jumped into the interview at that point and said his client doesn't have to explain what she would have done differently.

"I don't want her to speculate about what she could have done differently," the attorney said. "The facts are what the facts are as it relates to that."

Wuestenberg was arrested after police responded to the incident, as Blavity previously reported. Her husband, 42-year-old Eric Wuestenberg, was fired from his position at Oakland University as well.

"We have seen the video and we deem his behavior unacceptable," the school said in a statement on the incident. "The employee has been notified that his employment has been terminated by the university."

Makayla Green, Hill's 15-year-old daughter, gave her account in an interview with The Detroit News.

“Before I could walk into Chipotle, this woman was coming out and I had moved out the way so she can walk out. She bumped me and I said, ‘Excuse you.’ And then she started cussing me out and saying things like I was invading her personal space,” Green said.