Woman attacks 'sign dancer' with plastic knife outside Athens business


Latoya Jamaica Solomon

By Joe Johnson

A 40-year-old woman was arrested Tuesday after she reportedly attacked a “sign dancer” for an Atlanta Highway business with a plastic knife.

According to an Athens-Clarke County police report, a 26-year-old Athens man was walking back and forth on a sidewalk, holding a sign for Greenlight Vape at about 11:52 p.m., when Latoya Jamaica Solomon struck the employee from behind with the knife, which broke into two pieces and left a red mark near the victim's shoulder blade.

Solomon told the responding officer that she attacked the sign dancer because he “got close to her things and she didn’t want him touching her stuff,” according to the report.

The officer observed that Solomon had several small bags of personal items placed on the sidewalk, and she said that the sign dancer had gotten close to her belongings, and she warned him to stay away from them, the report noted.

The sign dancer said he never had an interaction with Solomon, and the officer wrote in his report that the man was wearing ear buds at the time and possibly did not hear Solomon say anything.

Pieces of the plastic knife were found at the scene and Solomon was arrested for simple battery, according to the police report.

Solomon, who was bokked into jail with an address in Forsyth, was being held in lieu of a $1,500 good security bond as of Wednesday afternoon, according to the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office.

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