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The Big Mac Beatdown! – A Mc Donalds Cashier beats the hell out of 2 unruly customers, avoids charges. (New Update! as Dec 9, 2011)

December 4, 2011

GREENWICH VILLAGE — A McDonald’s cashier is caught on a horrific cell phone video using a metal rod to brutally beat two female customers who’d jumped the counter of his West 3rd Street restaurant early Thursday during a fight over their order.
The cashier, who police said had previously served a decade for manslaughter, beat the women so badly that one suffered a fractured skull and broken arm in the shocking attack, which was captured on a customer’s cell phone and then posted to YouTube.
Police have charged the cashier, identified as Rayon McIntosh, 31, with felony assault, along with criminal possession of a weapon. Both women were charged with menacing, trespass and disorderly conduct. McIntosh is being held at the Manhattan Detention Complex on $40,000 bail, according to the Department of Correction website.

The drama began about 12:30 a.m. Thursday when the two customers — Denise Darbeau, 24, of Queens, and her pal, Rachel Edwards, 24, of Brooklyn — entered the popular fast food spot, near Sixth Avenue, and began giving McIntosh a hard time, police sources said.

The McDonald’s on West 3rd Street, near Sixth Avenue (DNAinfo/Ben Fractenberg)

In the video, Darbeau is clearly heard cursing at McIntosh after another cashier told her he had to scan a $50 bill to make sure it was authentic before he would give them their food.
That’s when all hell breaks loose.

An agitated Darbeau is seen slapping McIntosh across the face, prompting him to lunge forward and shove the two women.
Darbeau leaps onto the counter and clears the other side while McIntosh retreats to the other end of the restaurant, according to the video.

Suddenly, McIntosh reappears on the video, brandishing a metal rod, which he slams onto Darbeau’s head.
The video, which has audio, is peppered with patrons screaming and wailing in horror and the chilling sound of the metal rod repeatedly whipping through the air and hitting Darbeau and Edwards.

“Stop it! Stop! Stop! Oh my God!” one woman is heard screaming. “Someone call police!”
Fellow workers can be seen on the video unsuccessfully trying to restrain McIntosh.

Sources say McIntosh ordered his assailants to stay down, and belted them each time they tried to get up. The continued beating is partially hidden from the camera by the counter.
The two women were taken to the hospital. Darbeau suffered a fractured skull and broken arm which required surgery, according to court documents. She is in stable condition. Edwards suffered a deep cut.

McIntosh served more than a decade in prison after being convicted of shooting and killing Oshan Litchmore, 17, a classmate at Bronx‘s Evander Childs High School in 2000, when he was only 19 years old. The two teens were outside Macy’s at the Galleria Mall in Westchester when they got into an argument. The fatal bullet passed through Litchmore and hit an 8-year-old passerby in the leg.

McIntosh, who presently lives in the Bronx, was sentenced to 10 to 12 1/2 years in prison. He was paroled last March and has been working in the Village McDonald’s since then, according to police sources.
McIntosh is due back in court Oct. 18.
“I don’t know him as that type of person,” his stepmother told DNAinfo.

The owner of the McDonald’s franchise, Carmen Paulino, said that McIntosh “no longer works for my organization.”
“I am extremely disturbed by the events captured on tape and am concerned for those injured. The actions of this individual are unacceptable and not characteristic of my employees. This individual no longer works for my organization,” she said.
“Operating safe, welcoming restaurants is my top priority. I am fully cooperating with authorities in the investigation.”

And in a statement, McDonald’s said that: “the violence in this video is alarming and reprehensible.
“We strive to ensure that our McDonald’s restaurants are safe and welcoming for our customers,” the company added. “Our franchisee is fully cooperating with authorities in the investigation.”

The McDonald’s on West Third Street is the same location where another customer was beaten after getting into a fight with two men who allegedly called him homophobic names.
Police released a video of the attack on Damien Furtch, 26, who was pummeled on West Third Street and Sixth Avenue in March. A homeless man was arrested in connection with the attack.


NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Manhattan district attorney announced Friday afternoon that a grand jury which had been meeting for nearly two weeks has decided not to bring charges against Rayon McIntosh, the McDonald’s cashier who made national headlines back in October after inflicting a savage beating on two women who hopped the counter inside his New York City restaurant.

NEW UPDATE December 9, 2011

(The Root) During an apparent burglary at a New York McDonald’s, employee Ray McIntosh – who previously spent 11 years in prison for manslaughter — beat two women with a metal pipe after they chased him behind the counter. When the shocking video went viral, and there was an intense debate over who was to blame. Now, the two women are facing felony charges for their role, and he’s giving his side of the story.

An attorney for the women says McIntosh’s behavior war morally unjustified and can’t understand why he’s not facing charges. He says he acted on instinct to defend himself. Could it be that they were all out of line? The video, courtesy of CBS New York, contains footage of the original incident as well as McIntosh’s response to the latest developments:

2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 4, 2011 4:47 PM

    Hmm! Here Is what I seen from this video..The one lady smacked the guy in the face (Assult) He pushed her away..Self defense ..Then She acts like a maniac and jumps OVER the counter while the OTHER lady comes around 2 people coming after one man…Hell Good for him …Those woman should be charged not him……………..Being a woman is no excuse to be violent..PERIOD

  2. December 8, 2011 8:47 PM

    Interesting story, and entertaining video. Realistically, judging from the video, Rayon McIntosh probably used excessive force in this altercation; it’s one thing to claim self defense against an attack, but once he had both women down on the floor he continued beating them with a potentially deadly weapon. In addition, is there anything like a “duty to retreat” law in NYC or the state? I’ll try reading some of the other pieces linked on this page when I get a chance — maybe more details are offered in those.

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