Two suspects were arrested just days after surveillance video showed a decorated Marine veteran being brutally attacked by a group of black teenagers outside of a McDonald’s located in Washington, D.C.
D.C. police investigators said they took a 17-year-old male and a 17-year-old female into custody and charged them with aggravated assault and robbery, respectively.
“They asked me if I believe that black lives matter,” victim Christopher Marquez told WJLA-TV after the attack. “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.”
“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,” said Marquez, who served in the Marine Corps from 2003 to 2011 and fought in the Iraq War. “I just dropped to the ground.”
The incident took place at a McDonald’s restaurant at 911 E Street, NW, just blocks away from the White House. Footage of the gruesome attack was released Friday.
Investigators said as many as two more suspects involved in the assault are on the loose.
A GoFundMe account has been set up for Marquez and has raised more than $35,000 since February 16.