Arrests have been made in the violent beating of a Marine at a McDonald’s. Christopher Marquez was the subject of a violent attack and robbery.
The arrests come after police released video from the incident that appeared to show part of the altercation.
According to the DC Metro press release:
Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s First District announced two arrests have been made in an Aggravated Assault and Robbery offense that occurred in the 900 block of E Street, Northwest on Friday, February 12, 2016, at approximately 9:40 pm.
A victim was exiting a restaurant in the area when he was assaulted by suspect one. Suspect two then proceeded to take a wallet that carried a student identification card, credit cards and cash from the victim’s pocket. A third suspect also assaulted the victim. The suspects then fled the scene.
On Monday, February 22, 2016, First District Detectives and the Criminal Interdiction Unit arrested a 17-year-old juvenile male, of Northwest, D.C. and a 17-year-old juvenile female, of Northwest, D.C. The juvenile male was charged with Aggravated Assault and the juvenile female was charged with Robbery.
No decision has yet been made on if the individuals will be charged under any hate crime statutes.
Marquez described the incident to a local media outlet:
“They asked me if I believe that black lives matter,” Marquez said. “I felt threatened and as if they were trying to intimidate me, so I figured I would just keep eating my food. Because I wouldn’t respond back to them, they were calling me a racist.”
Marquez says he doesn’t remember much about what happened next, but says the Manager told him the group followed him outside.
“As soon as I walked out of the McDonald’s I got hit in the back of the head,or the side of the head. I just dropped to the ground, and he says I looked unconscious,” Marquez said.
He suffered head and neck injuries along with multiple bumps and bruises.
“Kinda brought back memories of the war and stuff,” Marquez said.