Suspects in 'Shopper Rage' Case Surrender to Police

Montgomery, Al. (WSFA) -- WSFA 12 News brought you the story Monday of a convenience store manager who was apparently the victim of 'shopper rage' after several customers assaulted her because they believed she wasn't serving them fast enough.

Now, WSFA 12 News has learned that two suspects have turned themselves in, and the case isn't a random act of violence brought on simply because of impatience.

Montgomery police say 29-year-old Latonya Cobb and 31-year-old Lakonta M. Jackson, both of 427 Pecan Tree Drive, turned themselves in Wednesday at police headquarters where they were booked on 2nd Degree Assault charges.

The incident started at the Kwik Shop convenience store on Wares Ferry Road back on June 5th.

The store manager said three suspects came behind the counter and physically assaulted her because she wasn't assisting them as fast as they would have liked.

Cobb and Jackson are said to have pulled the victim by her hair to the front door, which they used as a weapon by slamming it on her head.

Police say the third 'suspect' never got out of the car, and wasn't involved in the actual assault, so charges were not filed.

The entire incident sounded like a random case of, well shopper rage, but not quite says police.

After an investigation, Montgomery Police Department spokesman Captain Huey Thornton said the assault was not a random act and in fact the victim and suspects knew each other.

Thornton saud Cobb and Jackson were upset with the store clerk over an incident that occured between one of their relatives and the victim.

The details of the incident are unknown, but police say the suspects' relative was a former employee at the Kwik Shop.

Now, Cobb and Jackson are being held in the Montgomery County Detention Facility on bonds set at $15,000.

WSFA.com Producer: John Shryock