An Augusta woman who police said 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 finally being subdued and arrested.
Police said Iyana Nicole Herbert, 23, of the 3500 block of Windsor Spring Road, followed Lisa Harrison into the Cracker Barrel at 522 N. Belair Road after damaging the family car in the parking lot.
Earlier Thursday, Harrison was awarded full custody of Herbert’s 2-year-old child at a hearing at the nearby Evans courthouse. Herbert followed Harrison and her family to the restaurant where she rammed the family’s vehicle in the parking lot, according to Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.
Herbert, armed with a crowbar and the stun-gun, then confronted Harrison and others inside the restaurant and began firing the weapon.
“She first tased at me and then she swung the crowbar,” said Harrison’s aunt Stephanie Harrison-Neal.
The family, along with other patrons in the restaurant, fled out the back emergency exit, but Herbert followed.
Vernon Collins, the Columbia County coroner, was having breakfast with his wife and witnessed the incident.
“I heard a sparking sound and it just went on and on and people started screaming and then they started leaving,” Collins said.
Harrison ran into the Burger King restaurant next door where employees locked the door behind her.
Meanwhile family members in the Cracker Barrel parking lot tried to convince Herbert to drop the weapons. Harrison’s 63-year-old mother-in-law Betty Harrison wrestled away the crowbar, but Herbert continued to fire the stun-gun, witnesses said.
Police arrived and, after a scuffle, handcuffed Herbert, charging her with aggravated assault. She is being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond, according to jailers.
Harrison was taken to Doctors Hospital with minor injuries, they said.