U.S. Marshals join search for couple accused in ‘cold chicken’ beating; $2K reward offered

U.S. Marshals have joined the search for a couple accused in a violent beating over a food order in southeast Georgia.

LaTasha and Nathaniel Eric Smith are wanted on aggravated assault charges after they allegedly punched a food stand owner and her 15-year-old daughter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported. 

The attack happened Thursday outside the Qwik Chick takeout stand next to U.S. Highway 1 in Baxley, about 200 miles southeast of Atlanta.

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After complaining their chicken was cold and they didn’t receive enough French fries, restaurant owner Jeanette Norris refunded the couple’s money.

But that wasn’t enough for the irate customers.

When Norris went outside to tell the Smiths she’d called police, LaTasha Smith allegedly punched her in the face, breaking Norris’ nose.

Nathaniel Eric Smith and LaTasha Smith (Credit: Baxley Police Department)

The daughter could be seen on surveillance video rushing to help her mom when the man identified by police as Nathaniel Smith punched her in the face.

James Joyner, a spokesman for the U.S. Marshal’s office in Atlanta, confirmed that marshals are actively seeking the Smiths.

Once authorities identify wanted people, the U.S. Marshal’s Office acts as experts in catching fugitives, Joyner said.

Baxley police Chief James Godfrey told Channel 2 Action News a $2,000 reward is being offered in connection with the capture of the Smiths.

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