Sickening video of McDonald’s worker, who wears Muslim garb when not working, savagely beating a female customer in front of her toddler son

Latia Harris, attacker
Latia Harris, attacker

A black fast-food worker in New Jersey has been caught on video viciously beating and kicking a white mother in front of her young son as a group of people stood by and did nothing to help.  Latia Harris, still at large, is seen  pummeling  the victim on the ground, spitting at her, and kicking her in the back. The suspect also threatened the victim’s 2-year-old son. (h/t Linda R)  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 online. 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.

The victim’s 2-year-old son appears to be the lone individual who intervened, pleading for the attack to stop and kicking at the attacker’s leg — and the attacker at one point threatened to kick the boy in his face.  Reactions from witnesses sound akin to “oohs” and “ahhs” you might hear at a sporting event.


The attacker is seen spitting on the victim before walking away. reported that the attacker asked those who recorded the incident to not post it online.

According to Pelura, officers were called to the entrance to Harvest Point “for a woman who was covered in blood and appeared to have been assaulted” Tuesday around 7:10 p.m. The chief said the unidentified victim was “disoriented, confused and bleeding from the face.”

Beating victim Catherine Ferreira
Beating victim Catherine Ferreira

Pelura said the victim said a woman named “Tia” who works at McDonald’s assaulted her and “accused her of spreading rumors about her and her manager.” In the video the suspect is dressed in what appears to be a McDonald’s restaurant employee uniform — a burgundy shirt and black pants.

As bystanders watched, the victim is thrown to the ground and beaten about her face and kicked in her back by the suspect, the video shows. During the beating the suspect continued to rant, using foul language and saying something about possibly losing her job. The victim’s toddler son yelled for the beating to stop and kicked at the suspect’s legs several times. The victim is seen being punched at least 20 times and bleeding profusely.


At one point, Pelura said, and it is clearly seen in the video, Harris threatened to kick the victim’s son in his face. The video shows the assailant spitting on the victim and walking away, asking those recording the incident not to post it on social media. The victim, a 27-year-old Salem woman, is seen left on the ground with blood in her hands from the beating to her face.

The victim was taken to The Memorial Hospital of Salem County, Mannington Township, for treatment. Pelura said the fact that bystanders watched and recorded the incident and did nothing to stop it is sad.