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Hawkins woman faces felony assault charge in Waffle House beating

January 6th, 2014 9:52 pm by Jeff Bobo

Hawkins woman faces felony assault charge in Waffle House beating

Brook Lashea Lawson

ROGERSVILLE — A Hawkins County woman was arraigned on one count of aggravated assault Monday morning in connection with a beating at an Allandale restaurant last month that broke the victim’s nose and orbital bone around the eye.

Witnesses told police that although the victim was knocked unconscious on the first punch, the suspect, Brook Lashea Lawson, 21, 126 Shepherd Drive, Bulls Gap, allegedly continued punching the victim in the face.

Lawson was served an arrest warrant Friday by Kingsport police at the Church Hill Police Department in connection with the altercation which occurred in early morning hours of Dec. 15 at the Waffle House on Stone Drive in the Hawkins County section of Kingsport.

Police who responded to the fight complaint at the restaurant reported finding the victim, Jessica Hood, with blood on her face and a black eye. 

Hood reportedly told Kingsport police she had finished eating and was paying her bill when a verbal altercation occurred between her and Lawson.

Hood alleged that during the verbal dispute Lawson punched her “without warning” — striking her in the left eye. 

As a result, Hood was reportedly knocked unconscious.

Several witnesses allegedly told police that Lawson continued punching Hood while she was defenseless. 

Lawson was gone by the time police arrived at the restaurant.

Hood was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center, where she was treated for the broken orbital bone, a broken nose and a concussion.

Lawson was released from the Hawkins County Jail Saturday on $10,000 bond.

Aggravated assault is a Class C felony punishable by 3-6 years in prison.

She was arraigned before Hawkins County Sessions Judge J. Todd Ross Monday morning, and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for March 4 in the Church Hill Sessions Courtroom.

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