Police are asking for your help in locating a suspect at large, who was filmed beating and bludgeoning another woman in front of her 2-year-old. In the video the toddler can be seen trying to defend his mother as the woman savagely beats his mom.
The attacker is also heard during the attack of threatening to beat the child who was attempting to protect his mom.
“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 for a brief time Tuesday night on Facebook before it was taken down. Law enforcement and others were able to obtain a copy of the video. The video was captured by someone who happened to be walking along the path when they saw the two arguing, just prior to the beating.
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.
The video does contain foul language and viewer discretion is advised.
Footage released by Salem City Police Department.