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U.S. Marshals join Baxley Police, offer reward in search for 'cold chicken' assaulters

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Baxley Police are looking for two customers who assaulted a restaurant owner and her daughter. Baxley Police are looking for two customers who assaulted a restaurant owner and her daughter.
Police are looking for Latasha and Nathaniel Smith, who are facing multiple felony charges after assaulting a restaurant owner and her daughter in Baxley (Photo: Facebook) Police are looking for Latasha and Nathaniel Smith, who are facing multiple felony charges after assaulting a restaurant owner and her daughter in Baxley (Photo: Facebook)
BAXLEY, GA (CBS46) -

Baxley Police are looking for two customers who assaulted a restaurant owner and her daughter.

The surveillance footage, released by the Baxley Police Department, shows the physical assault following the interaction inside the restaurant, which was believed to be initiated by customers who were unhappy about an order.

Jeanette Norris, owner of the Qwik Chik restaurant in Baxley, said the attack happened after the couple complained about their order of chicken being cold.

Norris said she refunded their money and then confronted them outside of the restaurant's drive-up window.

After a few minutes of arguing back-and-forth, she said she called the police. (She said the female customer started striking her after Norris told her she reported the altercation to Baxley Police.)

"They both lost it," Norris told CBS affiliate WTOC in Savannah.

The incident happened at the drive-up restaurant on Thursday, June 22 at 3 p.m. (The Baxley Police Department confirms the time stamp at the top of the surveillance video is incorrect.)

The video displayed above is also the updated, longer surveillance footage, which was obtained by CBS affiliate WTOC.

Officials say the situation escalated from verbal abuse to the owner being beat to the point where she was knocked to the ground.

After the female suspect stopped striking the owner, the two started to flee the scene when the owner's 15-year-old daughter exited the car to help her mother.

The male suspect then struck her, and proceeded to their vehicle to flee the scene.

Both suspects left in a Cadillac Escalade SUV, light creme-brown-tan in color.

The first suspect, identified as Latasha Smith, is a tall black female wearing an all black shirt, pants and hat. The second suspect, identified as Nathaniel Eric Smith, is a medium height, heavy set black male who was wearing red shorts and a black colored shirt.

The two suspects are facing multiple felony charges.

The offenders left, traveling north on Highway 144. They have not been found, and since the incident, U.S. Marshals have joined the search.

Police are also offering a $2000 reward.

Witnesses came to the owner and daughter's aid after the incident, and an EMS unit was called to the scene where the two received medical attention for their injuries.

If you have any information on who the suspects are, please contact the Baxley Police Department at 912-367-8305. (They also would like to caution anyone who might come into contact with them to use caution as they have already demonstrated their ability and willingness to inflict bodily harm.)

Story written by CBS46 Digital Content Producer Chris Price.

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