McDonald’s Worker Avoids Charges Stemming From Vicious October Confrontation

Manhattan DA: Grand Jury Decided Rayon McIntosh Acted In Self Defense

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.

The video, which went viral, seems to be what made the difference, reports CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman.

The video was made by a customer on a cell phone. McIntosh, 31, is seen fighting with two female customers in a Greenwich Village restaurant after they leaped over the counter because of an argument about whether a $50 bill the women had was counterfeit.

Apparently the grand jury agreed that while McIntosh swung a metal rod at the women, it was in self defense.

As it turns out, both women, Denise Darbeau and Rachel Edwards, each 24, had criminal histories.

Now, the two women still face possible charges from that grand jury for going over that counter after McIntosh and starting the whole thing. The charge they could face: “criminal trespass.”

As that video zapped across the Internet, people rallied around McIntosh, even offering to help pay for his defense.

Do you agree with the grand jury’s decision? Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  1. Ted says:

    Also left out of most reports (this coming from a NY law enforcement friend of mine) was that one of the women said “I’m going to cut you” as she came at him. 2 people come at me, one claiming to have a knife, I’m grabbing a weapon, and making sure they go down and stay down until cops arrive. All he did was defend himself. He should never have been arrested. I hope the next employer he applies to looks at the fact that he tried to walk away from it first.

  2. anonymous says:

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  3. gotacomment says:

    I’m still boycotting McDonald’s and letting them know why. One day perhaps they’ll learn that when you rush to judgement, you just may end up falling flat on your face. The very best of luck and good wishes to Mr. McIntosh.

  4. Don Montalvo, TX says:

    Rayon McIntosh had every right to defend himself.

    The woman assaults Rayon.
    Rayon retreats.
    The woman breaches the counter in persuit.
    The other woman drops her bags and joins in.
    Rayon defends himself.

    What the media focussed on was the lashing. What the media neglected to acknowledge whas that Rayon did in fact stop beating the women when they stopped trying to get up.

    Two words. Castle Doctrine:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castle_doctrine#New_York

    Now let’s get those two female hoodlums in jail where they belong.

    Don Montalvo, TX

  5. Don Montalvo says:

    Rayon McIntosh had every right to defend himself.

    The woman assaults Rayon.
    Rayon retreats.
    The woman breaches the counter in persuit.
    The other woman drops her bags and joins in.
    Rayon defends himself.

    What the media focussed on was the lashing. What the media neglected to acknowledge whas that Rayon did in fact stop beating the women when they stopped trying to get up.

    Two words. Castle Doctrine:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castle_doctrine#New_York

    Now let’s get those two female hoodlums in jail where they belong.

    Don Montalvo, TX

  6. W. Soto says:

    I agree wholeheartedly with the grand jury decision. Finally, common sense prevails. Mr. McIntosh should never have been charged in the first place.

  7. Greg Philippe says:

    I really thought they were going to railroad this kid McIntosh. The 2 women were wrong for starting the fight and they got what they deserve. I believe one of the females is nearly brain from the beaten. I think the punishment fits the crime. I bet neither women involved will not start a fight again. They may even become Nuns. LMAO!

  8. Vaughn Anderson says:

    I hope this weakens the civil suit those “ladies” were planning to file against McD’s

  9. Jack dumas says:

    The media tried to paint him as a monster. Not one media outlet during the initial report ever mentioned the women having a criminal past. The first version of the video the district attorney showed to the grand jury did not show the women jumping over the counter and chassing him because of a “glitch”. It is often said that a district attorney can indict a ham sandwich, well the DA and the media got that one wrong, and were malicious about it! The question is why?

    1. Agree with JD says:

      I wonder if he can go after the DA’s office for malicious prosecution. Teach them a lesson about sacrificing someone’s freedom and life just to promote their careers.

      1. Don Montalvo, TX says:

        Rayon McIntosh’s manslaughter charge was the result of a neglegent discharge of a handgun. The media portrayed him as a murderer, which was a complete farce.

        Unfortunately, based on the violence (albeit in self defense) and Rayon’s parolee status, the DA had no choice but to apprehend him.

        I congratulate the Grand Jury for exercising sound judgement and dropping all charges against Rayon McIntosh.

        Now let’s get those two female hoodlums in jail where they belong.

        Don Montalvo, TX

  10. Joe Schmo says:

    Being black in a non-white’s NYC definitely helped him with this one. Regardless, still glad for him and hope he gets his job back with full retro pay.

  11. DOUBLE_CHINNED_PUPPETEER says:

    Rayon was defending himself from two disgusting thugs, Darbeau and Edwards. Let’s hope something good comes from this and hopefully Darbeau and Edwards won’t ever behave the way they did in McDonald’s. Who did they think they were? Rayon taught them a lesson they desperately needed. Darbeau and Edward’s parents owe him much gratitude.

  12. NYC says:

    Clearly was defending himself. Those nasty bit_had no business jumping the counter. Hope that taught them a lesson!

  13. Larry Schwarz says:

    While the women should not have gne over the counter I think he used excessive force.He had the right to protect himself but his actions clearly exceeded that.I disagree with the grand jury.Had the women had a weapon on them I would call it the other way.

    1. john jones says:

      so i guess when the nypd shoots unarmed men more than 50 times to death without a weapon present is excessive too? just think about what you say.

    2. Bradford Tiernan says:

      Larry, you must be a liberal to hold that this man who was chased over a counter didnt act in self defense. Thank god there are rational common sense citizens on this grand jury, and not a bunch of liberal know it alls that think people should put their lives in danger, just in case the thugs chasing you really didnt intend to hurt or kill you.

      Justice Prevailed!

    3. Angus Young says:

      larry , you obviously missed the ben pratt show. When he had myself, thomas and Ronald on the show that ecplained exactely what happened. The DA knew they had no case. Remember there are other videos

    4. True Justice says:

      Larry, your opinion is just like my friend’s. You think he used excessive force. What you fail to realize is that YOU know that the women didn’t have a weapon. However, I am sure Rayon did not know that at the time. How would he know whether or not they might pull out a knife from somewhere or a box cutter or something. Remember, they jumped the counter and came after him. If they as women were so bold as that, I would think they might have something on them to back them up.
      Also, everyone is talking about how they jumped the counter. Doesn’t anyone remember that they had already assaulted him once before that. I don’t understand how they get charged with “criminal trespass”, why don’t they get charged with criminal assault?
      I would have beat them until they stopped screaming, like the police do!!!

    5. robert glass says:

      NOT FOR NOTHING THATS THE WHOLE POINT WHAT U THINK JUST BECAUSE THERE WOMEN THEY MAY HAVE NOT TAKEN IT TO THE EXTREM U KNOW WHATS FUNNY HAD THIS BEEN TWO MEN WE WOULDNT EVEN BE HAVING THIS DECUSSION HE WOULD HAVE BEEN CALLED A HERO HAD HE NOT STOPPED THEM FROM ATTACKING HIM WHO KNOWS WHAT THEY MAY HAVE BEEN CAPABLE OF

  14. James Hodges says:

    He should sue McDonalds for wrongful termination.

    1. Meme Meyagi says:

      yep

  15. Carmen says:

    The women were out to get him and he defended himself. They got what they deserved.

  16. James Hodges says:

    When someon jumps a counter after you… then you’re not the one starting the conflict. If it went to trial I was hoping to be on the jury so I could beat them too.

  17. jerseyjoey says:

    Good for him, he should have ripped the two hoes faces off and left facial scars, Good for him. The media had people thinking it was his fault but if two fat hoes jumped a counter at me i would have beat the life out of one of em and left the other a c hair from death.

  18. M. Solano says:

    I’m glad the grand jury saw that in the end it was all the patrons’ fault and let the McDonald’s employee off the hook. I hope he can get another job soon and continue to be a productive member of this society.

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