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Unhappy customers caught on camera hitting restaurant owner, daughter over order, police say

Police in Georgia are hoping surveillance video that captured a violent attack will help them find the people responsible.

Video shows a restaurant owner and her teenage daughter being beaten by two customers Thursday afternoon in Baxley, Georgia.

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The victims told police the suspects were unhappy with their order. The verbal argument turned violent when one of the suspects began punching the restaurant owner repeatedly.

When the victim’s teenage daughter came out of the car to break up the fight, the male suspect punched her in the face.

WJCL reported that Baxley police have issued warrants for the suspects, Nathaniel Smith and Latasha Smith. The pair could be charged with aggravated battery and cruelty to children.

The suspects drove away from the restaurant in a cream or tan Cadillac Escalade with tag number REU8495. Officials said they headed north on Highway 144.

Anyone with any information about the assault is asked to call the Baxley Police Department at 912-367-8305 or the 911 call center at 912-367-8111.

Woman attacked at gas pump, turns tables on would-be robbers, police say

A Memphis, Tennessee, woman turned the tables on a suspect who twice pointed a gun at her during an attempted robbery, police say.

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According to a police report, the woman was pumping gas Wednesday evening when an unknown man approached her. The suspect put a gun into her side and demanded her money and car keys, the report said.

The woman told police she pushed the gun away and turned to face the suspect.

Police said the man then pointed his gun at the victim’s chest, but she punched him in the face, grabbed the gun and hit the suspect in the face with it four times.

A second suspect then rushed toward the woman, and she hit him in the face with the gun one time, according to police.

The two suspects ran away, and no arrests have been made at this time, police said.

TSA agent stole from passenger's belongings, police say

A Transportation Security Administration agent has been arrested after he was accused of stealing money from a passenger at Orlando International Airport in Florida, Orlando police said.

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Alexander Shae Johnson, 22, was arrested Thursday night.

Passenger Kathleen Duddleston entered the TSA checkpoint and was stopped for additional screening, police said.

While she was patted down, Duddleston told TSA security officer Michelle Metz that she couldn’t see her luggage, so Metz moved her closer.

Duddleston complained again that she couldn’t see her bag, and Johnson moved slightly.

After the pat down, Duddleston reached for her bag and could not find her money, police said. She said she noticed a bulge in Johnson’s left front shirt pocket. Duddleston asked Johnson if that was her money, and he said he got the money from the bank, police said.

The woman complained to Metz that she believed Johnson stole money from her. Metz contacted her supervisor.

Duddleston has been charged with third-degree grand theft.

TSA said in a statement to WFTV:

TSA has a zero tolerance for misconduct in the workplace. The TSA immediately reported the allegation to OPD and we aggressively investigated the incident with our law enforcement partner. TSA officers represent a professional and honorable workforce that is trained to treat passengers and their personal belongings with care and respect. No exceptions will be tolerated. We immediately ended the federal career of this individual.

Police investigate video of man kicking cat off cliff

Police in North Carolina are investigating a viral video that appears to show a Charlotte man gleefully kick a cat off a steep hill.

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The man apparently recorded himself abusing the animal and then posted the video to Facebook.

As the man appears to kick the cat like a football, he can be heard exclaiming, “In the hole you go.”

After thousands of people shared the post and the video racked up more than a million views, the man posted a second video to Facebook saying, “Thanks to all y’all haters that got me a million views.”

Despite his apparent pride in the publicity, the Facebook posts were later removed.

WSOCTV is not naming the man, because he isn’t facing any charges at this time.

Florida church spray-painted with swastikas, racist words

A Florida church was spray-painted with swastikas and the phrase “Satan was here.”

Members of Christ The King Lutheran Church in Riverview, Florida, saw the vandalism Wednesday morning, according to a report from WFTS

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Along with the swastikas, the vandalism included pentagrams, upside-down crosses and racist words painted on the exterior church walls, according to WFTS. 

Related: Woman smears feces on Florida church, claims leader is ‘attacking her mind’ 

“I don’t want them to make any more mistakes that would ruin their lives,” Pastor Kevin Yoakum told WFTS, referring to the vandals.

WFLA reported Thursday that the Hillsborough County Rapid Response Team has worked to remove the graffiti with power washes, scrubbing and painting. 

The vandals could face thousands of dollars in fines or jail time.

The incident is currently being investigated by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

Kelcie Willis with the Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed  to this story.

Police arrest man accused of assaulting child at day care

A Connecticut man was arrested Friday after an altercation with a 5-year-old child at a day care.

The incident took place during a Father's Day celebration, according to the Shelton Police Department report. Lance Churchill, 33, is accused of chasing a child that took his Father's Day card and placing the child over his head before pinning him to the ground and screaming at him. Staff members called police and separated Churchill and the child. 

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Churchill wanted the 5-year-old boy arrested, police said.

Instead, Churchill was arrested and charged with risk of injury to a minor and disorderly conduct. Churchill was released on a $1,500 bond. His court date is set for June 30.

Woman faces charges for allegedly smothering baby to death while on meth

A grand jury Thursday indicted a 34-year-old Georgia woman on charges of manslaughter in connection with the smothering death of a 2-month-old. 

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Keanna Keys of Stockbridge had methamphetamine and Xanax, an anti-anxiety medication, in her system when she fell asleep on a couch with her friend’s baby, Henry County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Megan Matteucci said. 

On March 30, police responded to a call about an unresponsive baby at Keys’ home in Stockbridge, Georgia, Matteucci said.

The spokeswoman said 2-year-old Madelyn Roberts was rushed to a hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Keys is charged with involuntary manslaughter, possession of methamphetamine and possession of alprazolam.

According to the sheriff’s office, Keys had previously been arrested in Henry County in 2011 and 2012.

Homeless man killed saving teens from random attack, police say

A homeless man was beaten to death on a Denver street last week when he came to the defense of two teenagers who were being attacked by another man, authorities said. 

KDVR in Denver reported that the teens were attacked around 4 a.m. Friday. When officers arrived, they found the victims, one of whom had serious facial injuries. 

The alleged attacker, Dejuan Stamps, was found about a block away, where officers said he was beating a man who was lying in the middle of the street.

The news station reported that officers were able to subdue Stamps, but the beaten man, identified as 62-year-old James Farmer Jr., died at the scene from blunt force injuries. 

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Farmer’s family told KDVR that he moved to Denver from Seattle for a job. He was staying in at the St. Francis Center homeless shelter to save money in order to move back home and be with his fiancée. 

Officials at the shelter described Farmer as a good man. 

“People who know what’s right, do what’s right,” one official told the news station. “And he was one of those people who did it. He stepped up to help. And unfortunately, it cost him his life.”

Stamps is being held on charges of assault and first-degree murder. 

Police say mother attacked daughter at beach in attempted exorcism

An 11-year-old girl was seriously injured Friday after her mother allegedly attacked her at a beach in an attempt to perform an exorcism on her, authorities said.

The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office said Kimberly Felder, 45, stripped her daughter, struck her, bit her and shoved sand into her mouth and eyes.

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A good Samaritan witnessed the attack at a secluded beach and intervened on the girl's behalf until police arrived, The Associated Press reported. John Marciel said the woman claimed she was trying to remove demons from her daughter as she struck her with a piece of driftwood. Marciel tried to restrain the woman while he called police, and stayed on the scene until authorities arrived.

Felder was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon, child abuse and aggravated mayhem. An investigation of attempted homicide is ongoing, authorities said.

The girl was taken to the hospital for treatment of her injuries, including a severely damaged right ear. Once she is released from the hospital, she will be placed in protective custody, authorities said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Woman accused of running over estranged boyfriend with car, killing him

A woman in Detroit has been charged with first-degree murder after police said she chased down and intentionally struck her estranged boyfriend with her car, killing him.

Danisha Mathis, 20, has been charged with first-degree premeditated murder for the death of Terrence Ricks, Jr., 25, who was struck and killed by the car Mathis was driving, police said.

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Surveillance video that captured the June 13 incident appeared to show Mathis turning her car around in a parking lot and striking Ricks as he ran down the street, trying to escape, WXYZ reported.

Ricks' parents told WXYZ that their son had only been dating Mathis for about a month and was trying to break off the relationship at the time of his death.

Ricks has not been buried yet because his family said they can't afford the funeral expenses. A GoFundMe account has been set up by Ricks' mother to cover them.

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