Cobb County sheriff's spokeswoman Nancy Bodiford told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Tiffany Denise Allen was taken into custody Monday by police in New Hanover County in North Carolina.
Police say Jennifer Schwenker brought her autistic twin boys and service dog to the restaurant at 1291 Bells Ferry Road around 3 p.m. on July 12. As she and her children were finishing eating, Allen, an off-duty manager, became irate that the dog was in the eatery and confronted Schwenker, according to police. Schwenker explained the dog was a service animal, but Allen continued to harass Schwenker, going so far as to follow her into the restroom, police said.
During this time, Schwenker lost track of one of her children and ran outside to look for him, throwing her cup down as she ran. Believing that Schwenker had thrown the cup at her, Allen charged after her and hit her in the face, according to a warrant for Allen's arrest.
Surveillance video inside the restaurant shows employees holding Allen back, but did not capture the alleged slap, the warrant says.
Allen is charged with simple battery, simple assault fear and disorderly conduct.
Bodiford said Cobb County authorities are working to have her returned to Georgia to face the charges.
Store operators J.M. and Jan Owens said the safety and well-being of customers is a top priority.