Eric and Natasha Smith

CAUGHT! Couple who reportedly beat mom and teen girl over food order turn themselves in

Authorities arrested a man and woman on Wednesday, who allegedly beat up a Georgia food stand owner and her teen daughter over the portion size of their plates.

Baxley police arrested Nathaniel Eric Smith and Latasha Smith in connection with a June 22 incident that occurred after the suspects accused Qwik Chick food stand owner, Jeanette Norris, of selling them cold food with small portions. Norris refunded their money but informed them she called the police because of their aggressive behavior.

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According to police, Latasha Smith became infuriated and started punching Norris repeatedly in the face. Norris’ daughter, 15, who witnessed the ordeal, got out of a nearby truck and walked over to her mother. That’s when Nathaniel Smith reportedly sucker punched the teen, sending her flailing backwards. The couple then fled the scene before police arrived.

“I have a severely broken nose that requires surgery,” Norris told the Daily News a few days after the incident. “My daughter is scared. She was hit on her right side and has a black eye.”

A video of the incident was shared online, sparking nationwide outrage. Shortly after, the U.S. Marshals joined in on the search for couple and offered $2,000 for their capture. Eric and Natasha Smith turned themselves in at the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office. They were transported back to to Appling County, where the attack occurred, to face charges.

Both are facing aggravated assault charges.

Check back with Crime Online as additional details become available.

[Feature Photo: Appling County Sheriff’s Office]