Brandon denies grocery clerk's allegation

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General Sessions Court Judge Larry Brandon Tuesday denied allegations that he told a grocery store clerk he would cut his “a-- and he would die” in the wake of potential simple assault charges against him.

Brandon declined comment for the most part on accusations made by a 16-year-old clerk at Jr.’s Foodland, but he said, “Absolutely not,” when asked if the teen’s story was true.

Murfreesboro Police are investigating allegations of simple assault against Brandon for allegedly threatening the clerk. No knife was ever shown during a short conversation at one of the store’s cash registers.

The alleged incident took place at the East Main Street grocery store March 26 around 9 p.m. when a “black male” later identified as Brandon came into the store with his own shopping bag, according to a police report by Officer Terry Spence. After going to the produce section, the man placed two hands of bananas, a red bell pepper and bag of carrots on the checkout counter and asked the clerk to put them in his personal bag, according to the report (The account was relayed by the teen through his father to police).

The clerk told his father after the incident that he picked up the bag to put the items in it and when he did, he moved some papers to keep from crumpling them and saw a box of Nestle’s Cocoa and box of Food Club green tea.

The 16-year-old said he hesitated about what to do at first, but then said to the cashier, “We didn’t get these.”

At that point, the clerk stated the man told him, “I bought those somewhere else put them back in the bag before I cut your a--.” The teenager said he put the boxes up and got scared by what was just said to him by a “strange man.”

Judge Brandon continued swiping his credit card, according to the report filed by Officer Terry Spence, and then is said to have told the female cashier, “I’ll cut his a--.”

As he gathered his stuff to leave, the man asked him his name, the teen told his father. When the teenager asked why, the man allegedly said, “If I cut you and you die and I go to jail, I got your name.” The gentleman walked off and left the store and the clerk stated he was “shocked,” according to the report.

The teen didn’t know who the man was until he told the cashier he was upset and scared. She then told him it was Judge Brandon, a frequent customer, according to the report.

The boy told his father, who is the store’s produce manager, what happened that night, and they discussed with his mother how to handle the situation. The next morning, the father went to work and spoke with the meat department manager and the owner. They reviewed videotape of the incident and compared it to a photo of Brandon on the meat manager’s cell phone.

They reported the incident to Officer Spence when he happened by the store that morning, according to the report. Spence advised him about the method for taking out a warrant.

The boy’s father stated he wanted to take out a warrant to have the judge arrested for assaulting his son and said, “he should be treated just like anyone else. I’m going forward with this, my son was threatened,” the report states.

Store owner Andy Haynes told police he banned Brandon from the store.


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