Before Chick-fil-A fight, woman pleaded guilty to identity fraud

A woman accused of pulling a gun during a brawl at a Chick-fil-A drive-thru in Atlanta pleaded guilty to identity fraud late last year, according to court records. 

Vonshay Redding waived her first appearance hearing Thursday, a day after the fight involving four women was captured by a nearby customer’s cellphone. 

Redding faces two counts of aggravated assault, one count of possession of a firearm or knife during the commission of a felony, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to jail records. She remains in the Fulton County jail on a $200,000 bond. 

About 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, Atlanta police were called to the restaurant on Bill Kennedy Way, where witnesses told them Redding and three other women got into a fight and then left the scene.

Police found them six minutes later on Eloise Court with lacerations. A gun matching the description of the one pulled was found in Redding’s car. 

Why the women were fighting is unclear, but Redding, 24, told police she’d been involved in an ongoing dispute with one of the other women. Police did not specify the source of the dispute.

Vonshay Redding (Credit: Fulton County Sheriff's Office)

Four months earlier, Redding pleaded guilty to one count of financial identity fraud, according to Fulton County court records. She was sentenced to three years of probation. 

According to an Atlanta police report, Redding walked into the Atlantic Station BB&T on Oct. 30 and attempted to open an account using a fake name. Bank officials said they were unable to stall Redding long enough for police to arrive. 

The next day at the same bank, Redding attempted to open an account using a Florida identification card and a SunTrust debit card with the name Lauren Shreve Tilo, according to the report.

Officers, who had responded to the larceny call, said Redding went as far as having her picture on the ID. When asked if that was her name, Redding told officers it was. But a check of the ID card confirmed it wasn’t her and belonged to a Florida woman named Lauren Grace Bondt, described as a white woman in the state’s license database. 

Redding was eventually taken into custody. 

Her next court date stemming from Wednesday’s melee is April 26. 

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