(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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