NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Police have made an arrest in the attack of a 22-year-old man inside a notorious McDonald’s in Greenwich Village last week.
Keith Patron, 44, of the Bronx, has been charged with assault as a hate crime in connection with last Wednesday’s incident at the eatery on West 3rd Street and Sixth Avenue.
Police said Patron made anti-gay slurs before taking out a razor blade and slashing a man on the elbow, face, back and neck.
The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital where he received stitches for his injuries.
Earlier this year, officials had called for security increases at the McDonald’s following a series of violent incidents over the past few years.
On St. Patrick’s Day, a large fight erupted on the sidewalk outside the restaurant that featured plenty of tackling, choking and kicking.
Last October, the McDonald’s was the scene of a violent incident involving two female customers and a male cashier. The two women were seen jumping over the counter after some sort of dispute before the cashier grabbed a metal rod and struck the women. No charges were filed because a grand jury said the cashier acted in self-defense.
Last March, a 26-year-old man was beaten outside the restaurant by two suspects who also shouted anti-gay slurs at the victim, police said.