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Tuesday, July 05, 2022
METRO  |  CRIME

Women arrested, charged with battery after throwing beer cans

They were just looking for a late-night snack. But when three Gainesville women were denied service for acting too rowdy, Gainesville Police said, they chucked beer cans at Checker’s employees.

Jaray L. Long, 19; Lakendra C. Williams, 24; and Shonta D. Williams, 19; were arrested on charges of battery at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

Two of the three women threw a pair of open Natural Light cans through the drive-thru window, located at 912 W University Ave., according to police.

While they were at the window, the women yelled at order taker Quinton L. Johnson. Johnson asked for help from his manager, Kelly S. Flake, and Flake told the women to leave. The women became angrier. Long sat in the driver’s seat, the Williamses in the back. After hearing they weren’t getting their food, Long and Lakendra Williams unloaded their 16 oz. beer cans, according to police.

The damage was minimal — just a little beer spilled on Flake and Johnson.

After the women were arrested, Long denied throwing a can. She told officers she heard the Williamses arguing with Flake and Johnson before one of them tossed a can out the window. Long said she did not know which woman was the culprit.

Lakendra Williams also denied throwing beer. She said a fourth woman — whom none of the other three knew — was riding with them and got upset. Lakendra told officers that, after throwing the can into the window, the mysterious fourth woman ran away.

Contact Tyler Jett at tjett@alligator.org.

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