Tuesday 22 August 2017

'Pure brutality' - woman and daughter (15) attacked by couple who complained they 'didn't get enough fries with meal'

Zainab Boladale

A mother and daughter were assaulted at their family-owned restaurant by couple who weren't happy with their meal.

Jeanette Norris, owner of the Qwik Chick takeout in Baxley, Georgia said the assault occurred after a couple ordered two meals and complained that their chicken was cold and they didn’t have enough fries.

The assault occured on June 22, 2017 at 3pm.

The owner checked the meal, refunded the money and tried to discuss it with the couple but was attacked by the woman who slapped and punched her in the face.

"She went berserk. They both lost it, him and her both; started cussing and beating on the window," Ms Norris told  WTOC-TV.

The owner's 15-year-old daughter was also punched in the face by the male suspect. The couple drove away when other customers arrived. 

"Who does that? Who punches a child like she's a grown man standing there? He needs putting [in] jail,” Norris said.

"I've been here, what? 41 years? - 30 of them as chief. I have never seen anything like this. I've never heard of anything like this," said Chief James Godfrey, Baxley Police Department.

Emergency services were called to the scene where both the owner and daughter received medical attention for the injuries they sustained during the incident. The mother suffered a broken nose, wjhile her daughter suffered bruises and a concussion.

Police are looking for the violent couple who have been identified as Nathaniel Eric Smith and Latasha M Smith. Both have active warrants for aggravated battery and cruelty to children.

The victims say they get dissatisfied customers at their business from time to time, but never anything like the assault that left them shaken. 

"The security camera footage that we put out tells it all. That's just pure brutality," said Chief Godfrey.

 

**NOTE: Time stamp on the CCTV is incorrect.

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