Notice of subpoena filed in rape suit against McDonald's

David Yates Jan. 7, 2011, 2:41am


A subpoena compelling answers has recently been served in a suit brought by Latoya Cofer, a female cashier at a local McDonald's, who claims her male supervisor lured her into a freezer and raped her.

As the Southeast Texas Record previously reported, Cofer filed suit against R.E.E. Inc., doing business as McDonald's, on Dec. 3, 2009, in Jefferson County District Court.

Court records show on June 5, 2008, Coffer was working as a cashier at the McDonald's on Highway 105 and Eastex Freeway in Beaumont, when her manager, Chris Polanci, asked her to retrieve some frozen cookies from the walk-in freezer.

"Cofer complied with his instruction and shortly after ... Polanci followed her into the walk-in freezer and proceeded to sexually assault Coffer by means of forcible rape," the suit alleges.

The notice of subpoena was filed Nov. 17 and was served to witness Lisa Kumiriski, court records show.

Cofer is seeking damages for her past and future mental anguish, pain, impairment, lost wages and medical expenses, plus attorney's fees.

She is represented by Provost Umphrey attorney Matthew Matheny.

Judge Donald Floyd, 172nd Judicial District, presiding.

Case No. E185-432

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