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.

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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.

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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.

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