Police said three women were accused of assaulting a 17-year-old restaurant hostess in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, because they felt uncomfortable that their large group was unable to sit together due to the rules that distance society. caused by the coronavirus.
The incident happened on Sunday after a large group of women entered Chili’s restaurant and asked to sit at the same table, Baton Rouge police said in a press release.
“The staff advised the group that due to the distant social requirements, the business only allows six people at one table,” the statement said.
Police said this employee was later assaulted by many in the group. She was treated at a local hospital because of her injuries.
Three of the women, Tammy Dabney, 48, Rodneka Dabney, 27, and Erica Dabney, 46, all in Baton Rouge, were arrested on Thursday in connection with the incident, police officer Sgt. Don Coppola Jr. said Friday.
Tammy Dabney faces a more serious second-level battery charge. Erica Dabney and Rodneka Dabney face charges of disrupting peace and a simple battery.
It is not clear if any of the three have a lawyer. The attempts to reach the three suspects on Friday were not immediately successful.
Coppola said the anonymous tips to the Crime Stoppers helped lead to the arrest and the investigation is still ongoing.
Chili̵7;s request for comment to her media relations office did not receive an immediate response.
Chili’s worker was not identified by the police, but she was identified during a GoFundMe campaign as Kelsy Wallace.
Wallace was not present for an interview on Friday, but her aunt, Lorraine Williams, who started GoFundMe, said her niece was haunted by the attack.
“Emotionally, she’s a handicap,” Williams said in a phone interview on Friday. “She had a lot of nightmares and fear.”
Wallace started seeing a behavioral therapist because she showed signs of anxiety, Williams said.
“She doesn’t like being alone,” Williams said, adding that Wallace had trouble sleeping at night. “She just went to bed this morning.”
The aunt said the assault came after Wallace refused to sit at a 13-person party at the same table because the restaurant’s table limit was six due to the coronavirus.
Wallace, a senior high school student, had to sew on his eyes after the incident and had his hair pulled out, her aunt said.
Wallace told People that a woman in the clientele pushed her and she pushed her back.
“I fought for my life,” Wallace told this magazine. “I’m really scared, call my mom.”
She said she had no plans to go back to her job, saying that the incident “did indeed cause a mental harm to me; not only physically, but also emotionally. . “