Former beating victim arrested in fray

Photo by Heather Middleton

Photo by Heather Middleton

A Jonesboro woman, who garnered national attention in 2009 after what was said to be a racially-charged attack at a Morrow restaurant, was arrested Monday.

Police allege that Tashawnea Yeasha Hill, 37, ripped a woman's T-shirt and pulled her onto the ground, exactly a year after she was accused of using obscene language in front of her 8-year-old daughter.

Hill made her first appearance in Clayton Magistrate Court Tuesday afternoon, accompanied by her attorney, Mawuli Mel Davis. Magistrate Bobby Simmons set a $1,500 bond, but as of 5 p.m. Tuesday, Hill remained in the Clayton County Jail, according to records.

Warrants allege that Hill grabbed Janise Michelle Roebuck, 33, and threw her to the ground Monday about 11:15 a.m., in Hampton. The reason for the altercation was unknown Tuesday.

On June 20, 2010, a neighbor complained Hill used obscene, vulgar and profane language in front of her daughter, 8, and two others. The disorderly conduct warrant alleges Hill cursed at four neighbor boys, and accused them of stealing her flat-screen television set from her home. That case is on the Clayton County State Court calendar for this week, according to court records.

In September 2009, Hill, who is black, and her daughter, encountered Troy Dale West, a white man, passing through the doors of the Cracker Barrel restaurant in Morrow. Witnesses said Hill spit on West, sending him into a rage, where he beat Hill while her daughter watched. Hill denied the accusation.

West pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges and got a 1-year sentence, with credit for time already served. He was released after 43 days in jail. Cracker Barrel has banned West for life.

-- Kathy Jefcoats