Video released Thursday by the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, D.C. shows the savage attack by a group of Black men and women on a former Marine at a McDonald’s restaurant located just blocks from the White House and directly across the street from the headquarters of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Police are seeking three ‘persons of interest’ seen on the video attacking and robbing the victim.
Christopher Marquez was beaten and robbed last Friday night when he was leaving the McDonald’s located at 911 E Street, NW, after he was confronted by a group of Black men and women who harassed him at his table, repeatedly asking him, “Do you believe black lives matter?”
Marquez is a decorated veteran of the Iraq War who was seen in a famous photo helping rescue a wounded Marine in Fallujah that inspired a statue placed by the group Hope for the Warriors at two Marine Corps bases entitled, “No Man Left Behind.”
The McDonald’s surveillance video shows the interior entrance of the restaurant as well as views of the sidewalk outside the entrance.
Marquez can be seen exiting the McDonald’s when a Black man wearing a white ‘wife-beater’ t-shirt sucker-punches him from behind. Marquez collapsed on the sidewalk from the punch.
Several Black people are then seen beating and kicking Marquez as they go through his clothing stealing valuables.
The attack lasted under a minute and took place on a sidewalk right across the street from the FBI Building, which can be seen in the video. No one stopped to help Marquez from those on foot or passing by the scene in cars.
Marquez can be seen being kicked at least twice as he tried to stand up.
An excerpt of the video focusing only on the initial sucker-punch was posted by reporter Matt Ackland to Twitter.
— Matt Ackland (@mattacklandfox5) February 18, 2016
The complete version of the video was posted to YouTube by the MPD. MPD issued a press release accompanying the video.
The Metropolitan Police Department seeks the public’s assistance in identifying and locating three persons of interest in reference to an Aggravated Assault and Robbery incident which 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.
The persons of interest can be seen in this video: https://youtu.be/J7-NGftbESU
Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411. Crime Solvers of Washington, DC currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia.
Marquez spoke to Fox & Friends Thursday morning about the attack, which he called a racially motivated hate crime.
Decorated marine knocked unconscious by a group of thugs after being asked if he believed if “black lives” matteredhttps://t.co/dbmjPzQu7c
— FOX & Friends (@foxandfriends) February 18, 2016
President Obama is meeting with Black Lives Matter leaders at the White House today.