Georgia police are searching for a couple that brutally attacked a local restaurant owner and her 15-year-old daughter after they were unhappy with their meals. The incident left the pair with black eyes. The mother now has a broken nose. The fight was captured on surveillance video and released by police in the hopes they might receive more information about the attackers.
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And they have. Police identified and issued arrest warrants for Nathaniel Eric Smith and Latasha M. Smith late Thursday afternoon. The two created a commotion at the Qwik Chick takeout stand because they said their chicken was cold and their meals did not include enough fries. The store’s owner, Jeanette Norris, had already apologized and refunded the couple’s money.
According to Jeanette, the couple went “berserk” and began hitting the store’s window. When Jeanette went outside to tell the couple that the police had been notified, Latasha ran at Jeanette and began mercilessly beating her.
Jeanette’s 15-year-old daughter then gets out of the passenger seat of their truck to check on her mother who was just brutally assaulted. As the 15-year-old passes the couple, Nathaniel sucker punches the young girl. The two then take off in their silver-colored 2007 Cadillac Escalade, according to police.
The hit sent the petite-framed girl hurling backwards, and she is seen stumbling and having trouble keeping her balance. Customers who saw the incident began to comfort the young girl and began tending to Jeanette. Shortly before the video ends, the 15-year-old breaks down into tears.
One customer, who couldn’t believe what he’d just witnessed, told a local Georgia news outlet, “Who does that? Who punches a child like she’s a grown man standing there? He needs putting in jail.” The girl suffered a concussion in the attack.
Chief of the Baxley Police Department, James Godfrey, said he has never seen such a senseless crime in his 41 years of service.
The active warrants consist of charges of aggravated battery and cruelty to children.