A homeless man has been charged after allegedly assaulting a pregnant employee at the Wendy’s restaurant located on Barry Road in Kansas City, Mo.
According to court documents, officers with the Kansas City (Mo.) Police Department responded to the location at about 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9 in regards to a disturbance. They contacted a female victim who was seven months pregnant and was complaining of severe pain to her head, back and she had defecated herself due to the assault.
The victim was transported to an area hospital where medical personnel advised the unborn child was healthy but would require further testing, according to court documents.
Detectives interviewed the victim and four other witnesses about the incident and received consistent stories. According to their statements, Derrick Proctor, 45, began yelling at the victim because he was unhappy with her service.
The victim asked Proctor to leave the store and told him that she would call the police, according to court documents.
Proctor then allegedly punched the victim in the head with a closed fist causing her to fall to the floor. After she fell, Proctor allegedly moved around the counter and continued the assault with punches and kicks.
All of the witnesses stated that Proctor struck the victim several times — as many as eight to 10 times while she laid on the ground and attempted shield her baby from the assault.
The victim said she kept her hands over her stomach to protect her unborn baby and was unable to deflect any of the attacks from Proctor as he continued to hit her in the head. She managed to roll over to where her baby was away from the attacks when Proctor then started allegedly kicking her in the back.
A fellow employee finally stepped in between Proctor and the victim before he left the store.
According to court documents, the victim said she saw Proctor being arrested and in handcuffs as she was going into the ambulance. She confirmed him as the man who assaulted her.
Proctor was taken into custody outside of the Wendy’s, and he asked for an attorney when officers attempted to interview him. He remains in custody at the Platte County Detention Center on a felony assault charge in lieu of a $25,000 cash-only bond and cannot have contact with the victim.