Video shows 52-year-old Phillip Kinstler dumped out of his wheelchair and onto the floor in a dispute over a handicapped parking spot.
San Ramon resident Jimmie Tiger, 32, is jailed on charges including assault and attempted kidnapping in the Jan. 11 incident.
Detectives say the incident began when the victim confronted the suspect's girlfriend in the Target parking lot for parking in a handicapped spot without a placard.
"So I just pointed to the sign and said, 'Could you please not park in handicapped parking?'" he said.
Phillip Kinstler - a disabled East Bay man - recovering from injuries suffered when a man dumped him out of his wheelchair inside a Target and it’s caught on video. pic.twitter.com/bt9E5GBHNa— Eric Thomas (@ericthomaskgo) January 29, 2020
Kinstler says he then went into the store to return an item.
A short time later, Kinstler says the woman's husband came into the store, found him, and demanded Kinstler come outside and apologize to her.
When Kinstler declined, police say Tiger tried to forcibly wheel him out of the store. Kinstler resisted and Tiger is accused of lifting the wheelchair and dumping him onto the floor.
"He pushed me one way, he pushed me another way," he said. "First my wrist hit, the back of my watch hit the floor, and then I just toppled down like a rag doll all on top of my wrist."
Kinstler, who is paralyzed from the chest down, says he suffered a broken wrist and other injuries.
Witnesses got a partial license plate and police arrested Tiger.
Kinstler says he suffered a broken wrist when a San Ramon man dumped him out of his wheelchair onto the floor inside Target in a dispute over handicapped parking. pic.twitter.com/e6hBuPLVLK— Eric Thomas (@ericthomaskgo) January 29, 2020
According to Sgt. Ron Priebe, Tiger was charged with, "Attempted kidnap for moving him without permission or without his consent, assault, as well as a special enhancement for the assault charge due to the injury sustained."
The broken wrist is not only painful, it has left Kinstler unable to engage in his favorite past time: playing the guitar.
Kinstler adds, "The thing that most hurts is that nobody did anything."