A Utah father taking his young children to the bathroom at a Wal-Mart ended in violence after he was punched in the face by another customer allegedly over taking his 5-year-old daughter with him to the men's room.
Christopher Adams was on a family trip to buy blinds and storage bins at a Wal-Mart in the city of Clinton over the weekend when his two children, 7-year-old Kyler and 5-year-old Emery, had to use the restroom, he told NBC affiliate KSL.
Christopher Adams with his 5-year-old daughter, Emery, and 7-year-old son, Kyler. KSL
Adams said he took his son and daughter with him into the men's restroom when a confrontation ensued.
"This guy walks in and goes to the bathroom, the urinal, and then he just like turns to me and starts freaking out and dropping the f-bomb," Adams said. "And what he was freaking out about was that my daughter was in the men's bathroom."
Adams said the other man told him he thought Emery's presence in the restroom was inappropriate and started to shove him.
"When I turned back around, I got sucker punched," he said.
Adams said he was punched in the face and kicked in the knee multiple times before he was able to force his assailant out of the restroom.
"I just slammed him to the ground and just held him until associates from Wal-Mart could get there," Adams the distraught dad added.
Clinton Police Lt. Shawn Stoker said the individual who was "determined to be the aggressor" was cited at the scene.
"WHEN I TURNED BACK AROUND, I GOT SUCKER PUNCHED."
The man, who police declined to name, was cited for disorderly conduct and the city attorney was screening a potential assault charge, according to KSL.
"This is a situation where a father felt the most reasonable and safe thing for him to do was to take his children inside the restroom with him," Stoker told the station.
The other customer "took exception to that," he said.
"I want him to understand that he was in the wrong," Adams added. “The way he handled the situation was completely wrong — I just think it's ridiculous."