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Athens restaurant owner assaulted by customers

By Joe Johnson

The owner of a westside restaurant was injured Saturday night when attacked by unruly customers, Athens-Clarke County police said.

The 44-year-old Bishop woman who owns Champy’s World Famous Fried Chicken on Baxter Street reported that two female adults and a juvenile female had been “berating the staff and were trying to get their meal for free”, according to police.

The victim said she followed the group out of the restaurant to tell them to never come back and was about to call 911 when the juvenile threw her to the ground, causing her to hit her face on the sidewalk, according to police.

While the victim was on the ground, one of the adults kicked her in the ribs and all three customers then drove off in a vehicle before officers arrived on the scene.

The officers saw the woman had a busted lip from being thrown onto the sidewalk, and a finger was bleeding from a broken fingernail, police said.

The victim declined medical treatment, police said.

The adult who did not participate in the assault later returned to the scene and gave officers the names of the juvenile and other adult, according to police.

The 38-year-old Winder woman told officers that she dropped off the suspects on Baxter Street, in the vicinity of the Rocksprings Homes public housing complex, police said.

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