Sisters Charged with Attacking Waiter in Restaurant Brawl

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Updated: 2/20/2013 8:49 pm
MEMPHIS, TN ( - Memphis police say two sisters unhappy with their service at a Hickory Hill restaurant took it out on the waiter, hitting him and chasing him with steak knives.

Officers were called to the Logan's Steakhouse at 7755 Winchester on Tuesday, February 19. Investigators say Shalonda Smith, 25, was with a party of about 25 people and became angry with the waiter because the food was not coming out all at once. She got up and slapped the waiter, then hit and pushed him several times. As the waiter tried to get away, Smith cut him twice on his forehead with a steak knife. The waiter pushed and hit Smith in an effort to get her away from him, and her sister, 34-year-old Starika Smith, ran up and punched him repeatedly for hitting her sister. Both sisters started chasing him around the restaurant threatening him with steak knives, and it took several employees to restrain them until police arrived.

An ambulance treated the victim on the scene. Shalonda Smith complained of stomach pains due to her pregnancy and was transported to The MED. Smith was examined and held overnight, then released into police custody.

Shalonda and Starika Smith were both charged with Aggravated Assault. Both are due in court February 21. Starika is being held at the Shelby County Jail on a $15,000 bond; so far no bond has been set for Shalonda.

Starika Smith (Photo: Shelby Co. Jail)
Starika Smith (Photo: Shelby Co. Jail)
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