Lufkin police: Ex store employee went on bat rampage in search of payment

Jessica Hurts (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Jessica Hurts (Source: Angelina County Jail)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin police have arrested a woman accused of bringing a bat to a convenience store in which she was employed and beating employees with it while trying to get money she was owed on Wednesday.

Jessica Latonya Hurts, 33, of Lufkin, is charged with aggravated robbery.

According to the police report, an officer was dispatched to the Chevron gas station, located at 804 North Timberland around 9:30 a.m. When he arrived, he found an employee sitting on the ground behind the counter who had an injury near her hairline. She said Hurts had come into the store with a small wooden bat was was swinging it around in her hand. The employee said this was only her fourth day on the job and did not know Hurts.

According to the report, Hurts had been an employee of the store but quit during the middle of her shift on Dec. 13, never to return.

The report states Hurts asked the new employee if a certain manager was there and the employee said she was not, but someone else was in the back. Hurts then told the new employee to get the manager.

The manager came out and Hurts demanded her last paycheck. The manager tried to explain that the check was at the main office and would be mailed. The report states Hurts then walked behind the counter to the cash register and began pushing button on the screen. When the cash drawer opened, the new employee closed it before Hurts could get any money.

The new employee tried to push Hurts away from behind the counter and Hurts then began pushing and hitting her, according to the report. Hurts then tried to hit her with the bat, but the employee grabbed the bat and wrestled it away from Hurts, according to the report.

The employee then handed the bat to the manager but Hurts kept hitting the employee in the head and grabbed her by the hair and shoved her into item displays behind the counter, according to the report.

Hurts then went back to the cash register and began to open the drawer again, according to the report. Then, a third employee ran over and shut the drawer when it opened and pushed Hurts away. These two then shoved at each other before Hurts left the store in her vehicle.

Police learned Hurts left in a silver Ford Taurus northbound on Timberland Drive and that she lived at an apartment. Police then went to her apartment and arrested her.

Hurts' bond has not yet been set, as of 11 a.m. Thursday.

Copyright 2017 KTRE. All rights reserved.