June 26, 2014
A large black female in a McDonalds uniform was videotaped brutally beating a much smaller female in a public park in Salem, Massachusetts. The victim has a toddler who tries to intervene, but is powerless.
Police are searching for a woman seen on an amateur video savagely beating another woman as the victim’s 2-year-old son watched and pleaded for the violence to stop.
“Police in this county deal with this type of violence everyday. Yet, this video is physically sickening to watch,” Salem Chief of Police John J. Pelura III said Wednesday.
The suspect in the case has been identified as Latia Harris, 25, of Salem, who is facing charges of aggravated assault and two counts of making terroristic threats, Pelura said. She has not yet been apprehended.
A video showing the violent attack had been posted for a brief time Tuesday night on Facebook before it was taken down. Law enforcement and others were able to obtain a copy of the video.
The person who took the video appears to have happened upon the incident and began recording, probably using a cell phone. The video shows several others watching the beating and recording it on phones while the victim’s toddler son tries to intervene on behalf of his mother, kicking at the assailant.
The assault took place Tuesday evening on a path that leads through a grassy and partially wooded area between the McDonald’s restaurant on East Broadway and the Harvest Point Apartments on Grieves Parkway.