Teen Charged after Video of Attack at Rosedale McDonald's Goes Viral

One employee and a patron try to stop beating.

(UPDATED 12:01 a.m.) A 14-year-old girl faces assault charges and an 18-year-old girl has charges pending against her after a violent attack at a Rosedale McDonald's.

The beating of the unidentified 22-year-old victim was videotaped and has gone viral on the Internet.

The attack occurred at about 8 p.m. on April 18 at the McDonald's in the 6300 block of Kenwood Avenue. When officers arrived, they discovered a 22-year-old female who appeared to be having a seizure, according to a statement released by the Baltimore County Police Department.

Witnesses advised that two female suspects had assaulted the victim.  Both suspects were later identified.  A 14 year-old female has been charged as a juvenile. Charges are pending against an 18-year-old female. The victim was transported to Franklin Square Hospital for treatment.

No additional information about the victim's condition is available at this time. The incident remains under investigation and the State's Attorney's Office is reviewing the case to determine whether it was racially and/or gender motivated and Baltimore County Police refused to comment further.

Adding another twist to the incident, multiple media outlets report that Equality Maryland has identified the victim as a transgendered woman. That organization wants the attack investigated as a hate crime.

A three-minute video of the attack begins with two women kicking the beating the victim near a bathroom as she is lying on the ground. One employee tries to stop the attack, but the attack continues, even after an older woman tries to break up the attack. That woman was shoved for her efforts.

The two suspects then rip a wig off of the victim and drag her to the front door. One of the suspects can then been seen landing a devastating blow to the victim’s head as she lay on the floor. The victim then appears to go into a seizure.

The video of the beating garnered hundreds of thousands of views on various websites, including The Smoking Gun and The Drudge Report. The video was apparently originally posted on YouTube, but taken down by administrators for violating the site’s policies.

The video is so graphic that it required McDonald’s to release a statement regarding the incident on its corporate website.

"We are shocked by the video from a Baltimore franchised restaurant showing an assault. This incident is unacceptable, disturbing and troubling," the company said in a statement posted on its website. "Nothing is more important than the safety of our customers and employees in our restaurants. We are working with the franchisee and the local authorities to investigate this matter."

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Disgusted!!! April 23, 2011 at 03:45 PM
This is a HATE crime, pure and simple. The animals should be locked up FOREVER!!! and every employee in that McDonalds who stood and watched this happened should be fired and prosecuted for negligence and as accessories to the crime. Everyone except the the elderly woman who stepped in is a pathetic excuse for a human being!!!
Robert Armstrong April 23, 2011 at 04:49 PM
Do you think Drudge would have posted the video if he knew at the time, that the "poor white woman" was actually a man?
Sean Tully April 23, 2011 at 05:00 PM
Some of the comments are very interesting. Obviously sexual orientation trumps race. I wonder if the video would be received with such outrage if the women were beating a black transgender woman in, say, Park Heights? The crime is outrageous no matter what color the assailants are. The only good luck the victim had in this incident was the assult took place in Baltmore County and not Baltimore City. A county judge or jury will probably convict them. A city judge or jury would probably have seen the criminals as the true victims here.
Mary Hoffman April 23, 2011 at 06:09 PM
Part I of II (147 characters were too many for one post.) My goodness; the accusations: “racist”, paraphrasing - sexual orienientationism or transgenerdism (not words, but I imagine they should be), “poor white woman”, “animals”, blaming or calling out specific politicians or community leaders and more… I believe most of us are shocked at what is happening in our, what used to be, wonderful communities. There is no mistaken that our communities are suffering along with the entire world which seems to be going to ‘hell in a hand basket’. I understand that the ranting, frustration, disgust and aggravation in not knowing what to do about many things because sadly our ‘laws’ don’t seem to be able to simply distinguish the basic duty of telling what is right from wrong. Again paraphrasing - I also agree with whomever said that being politically correct has far outreached it’s limitations in doing what is right.
Mary Hoffman April 23, 2011 at 06:09 PM
Part II of II Take away the race factor, sexual orientation or location and what’s left? A crime – a crime of hate - people with no self respect or conscious of what they did to another human being. And, maybe in today’s society - people who are revered on Youtube and other sites (sites that encourage this horrible behavior) for their 15 minutes of fame. Did the person being beat over the use of a bathroom really warrant such an outcome? Look into yourselves for the answers to most of these questions. Replace the victims and perpetrators with people you know and people within your own family. Can you, as a viable person of our society, even imagine someone you know acting like this? Better yet – would YOU act like this?
Yvonne Baclawski April 23, 2011 at 06:30 PM
These girls are nothing more than thugs, we see them all the time. Yet, there is nothing done about the carnage that is done to law abiding citizens. These girls are nothing more than animals, they should never be let loose on society. Unfortunetly, there are so many more out there then these scumbags.
Yvonne Baclawski April 23, 2011 at 06:33 PM
Lynn, I agree with you completly, most of the fast food restaurants are overrun with the likes of the ones in Rosedale. Most of the employees are lazy, don't give a darn about themselves or their customers. I don't like McDonald's just for that reason.
Charlotte April 23, 2011 at 07:55 PM
What kind of people are running this McDonald's? To stand around or walk past while someone is being beaten is one of the most awful things I have ever seen. This McDonald's should be boycotted and shut down. Pretty much any McDonald's that you go into should be shut down. Like the one on Wise Ave. Tell the manager that the person helping you should pull their pants up because your Granddaughter shouldn't be seeing his underwear and they will stand there and look at you like you are crazy. NO RESPECT for themselves or other people.
Tim April 23, 2011 at 10:45 PM
This is an example of why: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2011/04/21/dad-who-split-up-fight-in-mcdonald-s-shot-dead-115875-23075797/ The unfortunate reality of today is our society has degraded to the point where everyone just looks out for themselves. It's difficult to debate due to the obvious direction this ends up pointing towards - however I can say that the greatest factor involved is absentee/bad parenting. This is an issue that is not race specific.
Buzz Beeler April 24, 2011 at 01:23 AM
Mary, one of the negative comments was posted by Robert Armstrong. He is a not creditable. Click on his name and read his biased rants. He lives in the shadows, is very immature, thinks all Americans are lazy, and does not want to become a citizen. He lives off the government while claiming to pay more taxes than most of us make in a year. He can't even remember the words he used in a previous comment.
Buzz Beeler April 24, 2011 at 01:52 AM
Why don't you explain how the program works? Why don't you tell us all about it? I don't think you have a clue as to the workings of the program? Dutch had a major role in the program and its impact on Baltimore County. It is commonly referred to section 8. I advocate the rule of law, something that you no know nothing about. You do know how to cash those government checks though.
Buzz Beeler April 24, 2011 at 02:01 AM
Sean, don't count on that. The county is also famous for plea deals, you just don't hear about them as much. I would bet that the juvenile will get, not a slap on the wrist, but anger management classes. As for the adult, no jail time and probably some sort of PBJ with community service. They won't do anything to upset the applecart.
Robert Armstrong April 24, 2011 at 03:07 AM
Buzz, you cash a government check every month. I don't.
Buzz Beeler April 24, 2011 at 03:41 AM
Thirty nine years of police work. It's called retirement, earned retirement for hard work. The one thing I don't understand, rather than try and comprehend the nature of the issue and feelings on both sides, you inflame the topic. That does nothing to help your cause and yet you can't see this. How many times on this site have you gotten into arguments with people? One of the real problems with immigration is the lack of assimilation, yet you can't see that. You set yourself up for the conflict not realizing you are becoming the object of what you see regarding the comments related to the McDonalds incident. If people are going to take you seriously, then you have to learn how to respect their viewpoints. I'm sure that if a bunch of people came into your home and started to demand special treatment or just decided to stay without your permission, do you think you might call the cops? In the beginning I tried to get you to act mature, do your research and be articulate and it went right over your head. You have had comments deleted by the site for violation of terms, you say something then deny it without even taking the time to see if you did make such a statement. I am proud of what I have accomplished. Are you afraid to let people know who you are? Truth will always win out over deception. Respect will always win over demonizing.
Robert Armstrong April 24, 2011 at 04:56 AM
The angry old white people keep cashing their check every month and complain about everybody else getting "entitlements". I am afraid to let people know who I am? Robert Armstrong is my name. Did you're parents really name you Buzz?
Tracey Reitterer April 24, 2011 at 05:25 AM
I was almost physically ill watching this video. For me, it's not about transgender, or a black & white issue, I simply watched a brutal assault between a defenseless victim and 2 savage animals. With all the males in that resturaunt, the only person who came to the victim's defense was an elderly woman, who got pushed & punched by the same perpetrators for trying to help. EVERY employee in McDonalds that night should be fired for not intervening and stopping this assault. Even the manager, who is seen causally walking away as the victim is seizing on the floor, held open the door and allowed the perpetrators to leave the building, rather than hold them inside until police came. I, for one, will never patronize McDonalds again. I hope those 2 girls are convicted and the victim ends up owning that store one day.
Sean Tully April 24, 2011 at 05:39 PM
What is all this talk about the "males" in the restaurant that did nothing? Since when do men have to step into the middle of a vicious beating? Kids today, even women, are known to carry knives and guns. Try stepping into the middle of that kind of beating and the next you know is you are the one being attacked. No, the smartest thing any "male" could have done was to call the cops.
Buzz Beeler April 24, 2011 at 06:08 PM
Interesting comment. I have answered this before. I even listed my of political website so you could read and find out information about my background. No matter how many times I do answer this. you keep asking the same question. I even told you how to use Google in searching my name, but apparently nothing sinks in. You make some outrageous claims and when you Google Robert Armstrong there is nothing, nada, zilch. So that leaves me to believe that you have not done anything of various consequence. I have asked you repeatably about your community service background and no response. There is no record of Robert Armstrong on the web that would indicate all of you expertise and achievements. It appears that you seem to be one big fake who in an attempt to gain some notice form your comments you resort to childish and immature rants. Those angry old white people you speak of pay the bills of this country including yours. Based on your own comments, many of them degrading, I would say that you are a very young immature person, who may also be an illegal. You are afraid because you lack the courage to stand behind your own convictions. It takes courage to stand up and be counted. That is the sad part. It is very easy to spew a variety of immature and childish rants while standing in the shadows. That is where you loose all of your creditability. One day when you grow up and become a man maybe your words will have some actual meaning.
Sean Tully April 24, 2011 at 06:34 PM
Last I heard you don't need a PhD to work at McDonald's. You get what you pay for.
Buzz Beeler April 24, 2011 at 08:31 PM
Sean, what you say is true, but you and I both know, as men and not boys that we would have to face our selves every day when we shave. There are a number of things that could have been done as oppose to laughing and alerting them to vamoose because the cops are coming. They could have shouted the cops are here or around the corner, they could have told the perps the incident was being filmed and they would have been identified among other things. As for me, I would have done something. I guess that's one of the reasons why I have a weight lifter most of my life. Walking away from something like that would haunt me and everything I stand for. I mean if that old lady had the guts to get involved it doesn't say much for chivalry these days. She is the real sid-bar story in this incident. Someone from Patch should be on this. By the way I gave some of your reporters a good tip and nothing. The tip was on one of the most controversial stories Patch has covered. There is so much going on out there and it goes right over the heads of most reporters.
jackie April 25, 2011 at 08:28 AM
sean... you can't be serious. Making excuses for why none of the men stepped in to help someone getting their head kicked in. what happened to "doing the right thing" I am a woman and I grew up in Rosedale (it once was a very nice community when I lived there) and I wouldn't hesitate to step in and help that person. them having a weapon wouldn't cross my mind. My concern would be to stop the violence because it's the right thing to do. how would you feel if your mother, or your wife, or your daughter was laying on the floor in that situation and died because people were afraid to get involved. Firemen risk their lives everyday, they don't go into burning buildings because they worry about getting burned. They are heroes. And so is the women who stood up with courage to do what was right. the right thing is simple..... help someone in need. Think about it, i would rather die helping someone then live with myself knowing i just stood there and watched this deplorable behavior and hatred. are all the good men gone? i hope not
Tim April 25, 2011 at 03:25 PM
Sean: I agree. Buzz: I feel what you are saying. I am a reasonably fit male approaching 40 myself, I work out at the Perry Hall Y 3-4 times a week. I aspire to look as fit as you at your age (I checked out your campaign site). That said - I vaciliate back and forth on what I would do in that situation. 50% of me thinks I'd have not intervened (given the atmosphere) directly, but I'd have made sure I called 911. Although that 50% would have likely been overriden because around 2:30 in that video I'd have stepped in. They were trying to drag her out to the parking lot it seemed and I am confident at that point I'd have said enough was enough. The problem is simple. I have a wife and kid. Where do my priorities really lie? Is it to save another person, or is it to make sure I arrive home safe and sound for my wife and child? When I was younger, there's no doubt I'd have jumped in. I was robbed once, when I lived in SW DC by someone who was alone and had a knife to my back. At the time, I was well versed in martial arts and instead of panicking at the thought of getting knived, I was honetly calm, and was considering 'taking him out'. However, once I realized doing so - in front of my apartment complex - would likely just end up getting me shot at some point thereafter (they DID know where I live, so to speak) I simply gave up the wallet. more in the next reply.
Tim April 25, 2011 at 03:36 PM
part 2: Jackie: It sure is easy for you to define "doing the right thing" for everyone else. What if that was your husband, and he ended up getting killed later that night - or subsequently - for that intervention? Would you live the rest of your life content he did "the right thing?" The Fireman and Police analogy is flawed. Both are trained professionals in what they do. TRAINED. Are they heroes? Absolutely! They take risks every dangerous situation they go into. People that date/marry/pro-create with them understand these risks going in. if your viewpoint is to risk dying to save someone you don't know, then God bless you, but some of us put the lives of some people (family) above others. The fact that it was a WOMAN who jumped in to assist was safer for her because if a man jumps in, it upsets the gender balance of the conflict. Or maybe I'm offbase on this, just a thought. For me, it would have definitely depended on the severity of the beating. First, I'd have called 911 while it began. Once that call was completed, I'd have assessed the scenario as most beatings in places like this don't get as far/severe as this one. I'd have likely jumped in at the end there though. I guess for me, there's a point in time injury wise where I HAVE to jump in. Right about the time she started having the seizure - that would have been the time for me, I believe. At that point, she could no longer actively defend herself.
Buzz Beeler April 25, 2011 at 04:34 PM
Tim, its a tough call. It is allays, as they say, easier said then done. I will say this, we all remember Columbine shooting. In the aftermath of that incident, law enforcement had to rethink its approach to those types of incidents. Our first in-service training class they threw the old book out and basically taught us when engaging an active shooting situation, to get your but inside as quickly as possible regardless of backup. Every second you waste could result in additional lives lost. Engage the shooter (s). The difference here is what is the responsible thing for civilians to do. We have to remember they are not trained as cops and sure aren't paid to endanger themselves. Each one of us would have to evaluate and react even if that reaction meant doing nothing. Patch should go out and find that woman who intervened. That took guts and a conviction of what all of us should be thinking about. There were enough men there to do something besides laugh and act like thugs. Its the culture that worries me.
Buzz Beeler April 25, 2011 at 04:54 PM
Jackie, well spoken. I think you just summed up what most of us would have done. You also said that Rosedale was once a nice community. I lived there for 25 years and every time I go back I take a step down the stairs to a caravan of uncertainty. You can thank Dutch, Jim Smith and the current monarch Kevin Kamenetz. It all started years ago when Dutch open the county up to the "move to opportunity" agenda. Kamenetz has been around far too long to plead ignorance to this issue. Talk to a retired cop you might know and ask them. You would not believe what is going on in this county. Kamenetz looked me right in the eye at a forum one night and said and this is a quote, "no illegals." So much for quotes from politicians. It will be very interesting to see what type of justice will be dispensed in this case. In the end the dreaded PC-ness will get in the way.
Tim April 25, 2011 at 05:05 PM
Totally agree, no one is paying attention to this lady - and they should be.
Tim April 25, 2011 at 05:18 PM
BTW, her name is Vicky L. Thoms
Tim April 25, 2011 at 07:02 PM
oh and in other news, apparently the 18 year old was ivolved in a similar altercation a year ago. Same McDonald's. This time, a 38 year old woman who went there with her two daughters. http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/crime/mcdonalds-attacker-prior-bust-908732 Unbelievable. Yay to our court system. This person should've been locked up the first time. I guess the woman attacked was fearful for her or her daughters well being, so never followed through with the charges. Sad, very sad.
jackaroe April 26, 2011 at 09:42 PM
i think all the employees working that day should be held accountable. it took a 55 year old woman to stop this horrific crime. shame on our society.
Thomas April 27, 2011 at 12:24 AM
I am 16 year old Gay myself, this brought me to tears and I don't cry that often. I know what it is like to be bullied because of being different (I live in New Zealand so it is not just the US in which this happens). The girls in this video should either get a mental-test or be put in a mental hospital where they can get some help for their obvious problems rather than sitting in a concrete cell or a barb-wired court-yard where they can hang out and socialize with their "Homie's and G-Dogs" where they will not get any help for the problems they have . There is a very big difference between being homophobic in your head/verbally and nearly killing someone to the point of them having a seizure. Both of which should not be accepted but yet we have to start somewhere.


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