A Houston Jack in the Box employee has denied shooting at a drive-thru customer – despite video appearing to show the moment she fires out of the window at his car.
Alonniea Ford-Theriot defended her actions yesterday, claiming: ‘I’m not an angry person, not a mad monster out here. I’m just a woman trying to work for my family.’
The mother of two told ABC13 ‘you didn’t hear the gun go off at all.’ But despite the footage lacking audio, there is clear muzzle flash and at least one bullet casing is ejected.
Ford-Theriot – who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge over the March 2021 incident – is now being sued by the customer, Anthony Ramos, who was in the car with his pregnant wife and their six-year-old daughter.
Ramos and his attorney held a press conference Monday to announce the civil suit which alleges assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and negligence by Ford, as well as negligence by Jack in the Box in hiring her.
Alonniea Ford-Theriot, 30, stood up for herself after CCTV was released of her shooting customers at the Jack in the Box drive-thru where she worked
Ford-Theriot said you can’t hear the gunshot fire in the audio of the video (there was no audio)
Attorney Randall Kallinen released the video he obtained through discovery in the civil case.
The lawsuit states that Ramos and Ford-Theriot had argued about curly fries which he claimed were missing from his order at the Jack in the Box on JFK Boulevard near Bush Intercontinental Airport on March 3, 2021.
Ford-Theriot allegedly refused ‘to fulfill the order’ and told the family to ‘get the f**k outta here.’
The footage shows Ford-Theriot hurling ice at their car and the court dossier alleges she also threw ketchup out of the drive-thru window.
The video then appears to show Ford pull a gun from the waist of her pants and shoot at least two rounds at the vehicle as it speeds off.
Ford-Theriot claims she was being racially abused by Ramos and that they both owed each other an apology. Ramos denies making the offensive comments.
Ford-Theriot told ABC13: ‘I’m not going to pull out no gun and shoot at somebody over no curly fries. Come on.’
She was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon which is a felony but eventually pleaded guilty to deadly conduct which is only a misdemeanor.
Ford-Theriot completed one year of deferred adjudication community supervision in June 2023 for her crime.
She said: ‘I served my sentence. Paid my fees. I did what I had to do. What else do you want from me?
‘I can’t give you nothing but an apology if you want that but I need the same thing,
‘We both need to apologize to each other.’
The gunshot came after a dispute with the Ramos family over curly fries because the Jack in the Box employees allegedly forgot the fries for the meal combo and said they weren’t gonna get them
The dispute escalated and food was thrown out of the drive-thru window. Ford-Theriot claims Anthony Ramos used racial slurs while he verbally attacked her
Ramos had stopped by the chain’s drive thru with his family after he picked up his pregnant wife and their six-year-old daughter from the airport.
He said: ‘I was dumbfounded by it. I really couldn’t believe what was happening. It was scary. It was very, very scary.’
‘It was more of a panic mode at that moment. I’m lucky that I saw it when I saw it and I was able to pull off when I did and then my initial reaction was to call the police.
After launching a lawsuit last September, Ramos said: ‘We are here today to ask Jack in the Box to get better policies and policies where potentially dangerous employees are not allowed to interact with the public where they could be a great danger.’
Randall Kalinen, the family’s attorney said: ‘When they asked to get curly fries, they were denied, and keep in mind, there’s no car behind them.
‘So, there was no rush to get them out. They offered to pay for the curly fries, even though they had already paid for it already, but the answer was no.
‘Pretty soon there was shouting.’
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