DA's office charges Athens woman for assaults outside and inside the jail


Latoya Lichelle Parker

By Joe Johnson

An Athens woman this week was formally charged for a vicious assault on another woman two months ago and continuing her violent behavior while in the Clarke County Jail.

According to an Athens-Clarke County police report, 34-year-old Latoya Lichelle Parker was arrested the afternoon of May 20 for attacking a 46-year-old customer without provocation at McDonald’s, 2230 W. Broad St.

The victim was eating at the time, with Parker "happily" seated behind her, employees told police, and after Parker left the restaurant, she quickly returned in an angered state.

Employees reported seeing Parker approach the victim, whom she punched in the face more than 10 times. Police said the victim was taken by ambulance to the hospital for a badly injured left eye and a gash on her forehead.

When officers arrived at the restaurant, they found Parker screaming at someone in line at the drive-thru window, with blood stains on her sleeve, according to the report.

Parker was arrested on a charge of aggravated battery, the same felony charge against her in an accusation that was filed Thursday in Clarke County Superior Court by the Western Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s office.

The same accusation charged Parker with assaulting a detention officer at the county jail on May 30.

She punched a female deputy multiple times in the face, causing swelling and bruising, and “rendering her left eye useless,” the accusation states.

For the assault on the deputy, Parker was charged in the accusation with unlawful acts of violence in a penal institution, mutiny in a penal institution, and felony obstruction of a law enforcement officer.

Bail has not been set for Parker's release from the jail, and she is scheduled to be arraigned on the accusation on Aug. 16.

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