Warrant issued for woman suspected in Holly Hill Family Dollar clerk attack

Woman ordered 10-year-old girl to help attack clerk, police say

By Michelle Dendy - Web Editor
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A woman is sought in the beating of a Holly Hill store clerk.

HOLLY HILL, Fla. - Holly Hill police have a warrant for the arrest of the woman accused of shoplifting  and having a 10-year-old help her beat a clerk, police said.

Latoya Keenita Watson, 32, of Daytona Beach, is charged with one count of robbery, one count of child abuse and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor child, according to a Friday release from Holly Hill Police Department.

The incident occurred around 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Family Dollar at 1549 North Nova Road.

According to Holly Hill police, a shopper identified as Watson and a 10-year-old girl walked into the store, placing items in her shopping cart.  The clerk said she saw Watson take a sale sign out of her purse and place it on a toy, which she tried to purchase with other items.

The clerk told Watson the toy wasn't on sale, so Watson said she didn't want it and left the store with the other unpaid items, police said.

The clerk followed Watson to her car and tried to get a license plate number, but Watson told her older daughter to stand in front of the tag, police said.

The clerk called 911 from the store, and Watson went back inside and started punching her in the face with a closed fist, police said. Watson then ordered the 10-year-old to help her, and the child began beating the clerk, police said.

As the family left, the mother tried to run over the clerk twice, police said. The worker suffered injuries to her face and arm and her glasses were broken.

Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Watson is asked to contact the Holly Hill Police Department at 386-248-9475 or Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida 1-888-277-TIPS.

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