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Augusta woman charged after attack at Evans Cracker Barrel

Thursday, June 27, 2013 1:34 PM
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An Augusta woman who was upset about a Columbia County adoption proceeding Thursday morning attacked members of the adopting family with a crowbar and stun gun at an Evans restaurant before being subdued and arrested, police said.

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Deputies surround the vehicle of a woman accused of attacking another with a stun gun at Cracker Barrel in Evans on Thursday.   SCOTT ROUCH/STAFF
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Deputies surround the vehicle of a woman accused of attacking another with a stun gun at Cracker Barrel in Evans on Thursday.

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Earlier Thursday, Lisa Harrison and her husband, Randy, had been awarded full custody of Iyana Nicole Herbert’s 2-year-old son at a hearing before Superior Court Judge Danny Craig at the Evans courthouse. Police said Herbert, of the 3500 block of Windsor Spring Road, followed the Harrisons and other family members to the Cracker Barrel at 522 N. Belair Road and rammed their vehicle in the parking lot.

Armed with a crowbar and stun gun, the 23-year-old then confronted Lisa Harrison and others inside the restaurant, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

The toddler had been in the custody of the Harrisons since he was baby, said Randy Harrison’s mother, Betty Harrison, who was also at the restaurant when Herbert attacked the family.

“She said we were celebrating,” Betty Harrison said. “The truth was we were just having breakfast.”

Betty Harrison said Herbert signed papers before the hearing that allowed Randy and Lisa Harrison to care for the child. The Thursday hearing was just to make the adoption official.

“It wasn’t like they snatched him up,” she said. “She gave the child to them.”

When Herbert walked into Cracker Barrel, she first tried to stun Lisa Harrison’s aunt, then swung the crowbar, police said.

The family, along with other patrons in the restaurant, ran out the back emergency exit, but Herbert followed.

Vernon Collins, the Columbia County coroner, was having breakfast with his wife and witnessed the commotion.

“I heard a sparking sound, and it just went on and on, and people started screaming and then they started leaving,” Collins said.

Family members in the Cracker Barrel parking lot tried to persuade Herbert to drop the weapons.

Betty Harrison said she tried to calm Herbert.

“God loves you,” Betty Harrison said she told her, to which Herbert responded, “Nobody loves me. You all took my son.”

Betty Harrison wrestled away the crowbar, but Herbert continued to fire the stun gun, witnesses said.

Police arrived and, after a scuffle, handcuffed Herbert and charged her with aggravated assault.

“The document was finalized today and she showed up late for court. It was all over with when she came in,” Betty Harrison said.

Lisa Harrison was taken to Doctors Hospital with minor injuries, they said.

“It was crazy,” Betty Harrison said. “I just wanted to protect my family.”

Staff writer Jenna Martin contributed to this story.

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Kingbiscuitboy
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Kingbiscuitboy 06/27/13 - 01:46 pm
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Want video footage

Can we get the security video footage loaded to Youtube? Sounds like it was a hoot!

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 06/27/13 - 01:51 pm
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You'da thunk somebody there was carrying

After all, it was a Cracker Barrel.

Somehow, I suspect having full custody of her small child awarded to someone else was a very wise decision. We can only hope that it is a legally permanent arrangement.

curly123053
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curly123053 06/27/13 - 02:57 pm
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Gee!!

It is obvious that this subject did not deserve custody of that child or any other children for that matter. She is obviously not right up top !!

Graymare
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Graymare 06/27/13 - 03:02 pm
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Really???

Did she really think her actions would get her child back? What a ding dong! The little one will be much better off with the adoptive parents!

BombquishaDavis
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BombquishaDavis 06/27/13 - 03:02 pm
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I hope the child didn't see

I hope the child didn't see this.....

triscuit
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triscuit 06/27/13 - 03:06 pm
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I wanna see a 63 year old

I wanna see a 63 year old woman wrestle a tire iron away from someone...go granny!

David Parker
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David Parker 06/27/13 - 03:17 pm
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Hope she wasn't swingin away

Hope she wasn't swingin away in the gift shop? them yankee candles are pricey!

corgimom
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corgimom 06/27/13 - 03:27 pm
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Boy, that's a sure way to

Boy, that's a sure way to influence a judge.

younameit
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younameit 06/27/13 - 03:36 pm
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First a $10,000 diamond ring.

First a $10,000 diamond ring. Now a 63-year old beats down a crow-bar-and-tazer-wielding lunatic. There's something about that parking lot.

csrareader
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csrareader 06/27/13 - 03:40 pm
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I would be upset if they had

I would be upset if they had just delivered my country fried steak, mashed potatoes, and collard greens, and then I had to evacuate the restaurant due to some crazy lady with a stun gun.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 06/27/13 - 09:33 pm
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If you take Dixieman's points he will taze you too.

This adds a whole new dimension to the phrase, "sore loser".

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 06/27/13 - 04:12 pm
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herbert
Unpublished

is my nominee for mother(f) of the year.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 06/27/13 - 04:42 pm
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I Eat There A Lot

Sure glad I wasn't there when this all happened. There maybe would be more to this issue than what is printed.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 06/27/13 - 04:56 pm
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I really surprised to hear

I really surprised to hear patrons ran out the back door too. Someone with some backbone should have just put her on the ground.

restguy
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restguy 06/27/13 - 05:12 pm
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Managers job to protect the

Managers job to protect the customers....however if I had been eating in there & some clown is disturbing my breakfast....

GnipGnop
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GnipGnop 06/27/13 - 05:25 pm
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She is lucky

someone didn't shoot her...Guess the saying is right...God looks after drunks and fools

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 06/27/13 - 07:53 pm
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So now instead of "don't taze

So now instead of "don't taze me bro" it's "don't taze me sis"?

sugarbutton
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sugarbutton 06/27/13 - 08:09 pm
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I dreaded everytime I had to go to court as we were adopting

a young child we'd had since he was 3 months old. The backlash is always unpredictable which just goes to prove the reason we had the child. When the mother and grandparents do drugs and drink and have not a care in the world for a baby whose father was murdered in cold blood, then we really don't know what they'll do when it's all said and done. Our day is coming soon after nearly 5 years with OUR son and he can't get here soon enough. He wants to have our name as much as we want to share our lives with him. When God sends you such a great and unsuspecting gift in life you want to nurture and love the gift and give him a wonderful happy and full life. I pray it doesn't go this way since his mother's rights are already terminated.

my.voice
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my.voice 06/27/13 - 08:56 pm
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The fact that anyone can pick

The fact that anyone can pick up a stun gun baffles me. They sell the damn things at the flea market.

I wonder if she got to finish her Mac and cheese.

Distilled1
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Distilled1 06/27/13 - 09:28 pm
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well this tells it all

http://www.unsigned.com/iyananicole

"I'm NOT a sweet girl...not the all american girl people tend to expect upcoming artists to be...."

TIREMAN5
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TIREMAN5 06/27/13 - 09:50 pm
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CRACKER BARREL

It's amazing to me that someone would think that eating at The Cracker Barrel was a celebration.

happychimer
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happychimer 06/27/13 - 10:23 pm
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Maybe they like Cracker

Maybe they like Cracker Barrel. You can have a celebration anywhere. It's not the amount of money you spend.

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 06/27/13 - 10:38 pm
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Stun gun

Are you really surprised that she had easy access to a stun gun?!
Be glad she wasn't packing real heat; which is just as easy to get.
This could have been so much worse; thank God it wasn't.

KSL
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KSL 06/28/13 - 06:54 am
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At any rate

She just prooved she deserves to lose her child.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 06/28/13 - 07:08 am
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I pray the child did not

inherit the mothers mental disposition.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 06/28/13 - 08:53 am
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Wife joking said it....

What?, No conceal carry people wanted to get involved or were they worried that their meal would get cold?

soapy_725
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soapy_725 06/28/13 - 08:59 am
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What do you expect from the CRACKER Barrel, Cracker?
Unpublished

Want a be soul food junkies. Creepie crawlers.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 06/28/13 - 09:00 am
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soapy_725
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soapy_725 06/28/13 - 09:02 am
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Jerry Springer fans, no doubt. The man has bore a nation.
Unpublished

Planted his "seed" far more than Dorothy and Russell ( of Pigeon Forge fame).

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 06/28/13 - 09:15 am
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I don't think a bystander

I don't think a bystander could get away with using a firearm in this situation. The person being attacked could, but unless she was actually beating them down with the crowbar, I don't think it would fly for a bystander. Maybe a LEO or lawyer could offer an opinion?

When I said "put her on the floor", I meant physically. Anyone could have walked up behind her and put her on the floor. Heck, granny took the crowbar from her!

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