A disturbing video is going viral showing an ax-wielding man threatening customers at a New York City McDonald’s on Friday, with the man in question defending his actions and mocking the public as soft politics with city crime and bail reform. they have emboldened criminals throughout the city.
Michael Palacios, 31, was arrested shortly after the shocking incident, the video of which garnered more than 14 million views on TikTok before being removed and recirculated again on Twitter, according to nbc news.
The two-minute clip shows various incidents, including a series of fights and destruction of property.
Man arrested after viral McDonald’s incident shows him wielding an ax and assaulting a customer
In the video, Palacios appears to remove his backpack and pull out a small ax before smashing a nearby table and smashing through a glass barrier. Although he menacingly approaches several patrons, he does not appear to hurt anyone with the gun.
However, he hits a customer towards the end of the video and confronts other customers with the axe. He eventually leaves with his bike.
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No victims reported injuries, according to police.
An NYPD spokesman confirmed to NBC’s “Today” show that officers responded around 2:25 am at the McDonald’s on Delancey Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
“Upon officers’ arrival, witnesses at the scene reported that the suspect was in a physical dispute with three unknown males inside the location,” the spokesperson said. “The suspect pulled an ax from his backpack and threatened the unknown men. The suspect intentionally caused property damage to the establishment. The individual was taken into custody by responding officers.”
Palacios Charged with Criminal Mischief, Threatening, Criminal Possession of a Weapon, Franchise Owner “Shocked”
Palacios was charged with criminal mischief, three counts of threatening and two counts of criminal possession of an ax weapon.
For his part, Palacios posted an informal statement on his Instagram page after his release, writing that he “just wanted to buy one and take another for $1 with a Diet Coke with my man’s e-money when this gang attacked me.” “, before adding your cash. application identifier
“I just wanted to buy one get one for $1 with a Diet Coke with my man’s e-money when this gang attacked me. @McDonalds If you want to know what I said to the young lady, my cash app is $mikesoho”
Palacios went on to say that there was a five-minute police chase through the Lower East Side prior to his arrest, which he claims the NYPD said was “fun” and said he fell off his bike during the chase, causing him forced to go to a nearby hospital. before the police took him to jail.
“After the 5 minute police chase down the Lower East Side, @nypd told me ‘that was a fun chase.’ They didn’t hurt me with their car when they took me off my bike while following me in circles around Delaney. Traffic was light and I couldn’t get out of the neighborhood. I fell off my bike making a hairpin turn from the street to the sidewalk, landing on my shoulder and dislocating it. They took me to the hospital and then to jail. And now I’m out.
Palacios uses Instagram to defend the actions of the ax, says he was attacked by a gang
He took aim at his newly discovered viral status and his haters, telling them he “already went to jail” for it and offering them to “have a great day.”
“Do any of you want me to go to jail? Already done! Ha ha. So have a great day. By the way, I left the police station and the police gave me support. “Dude, you went viral!” oh word? So if they’re not so pressured, you mean older people who involve politics in everything, but can’t get up off the edge of a cliff, they’ll be blocked. Also crazy about weapons are psychopaths. If I had a weapon, I would use it like an axe.” 😂
Meanwhile, franchise owner and operator Paul Hendel told the outlet he was “shocked by these acts of violence committed at our restaurant,” NBC reports.
“The safety of our customers and crew is always our top priority,” McDonald’s restaurant owner and operator Paul Hendel told “TODAY” in a statement. “We are shocked by these acts of violence committed at our restaurant and are fully cooperating with authorities in their investigation.”
Palacios’ attorney, Jamie Niskanen-Singer, did not immediately offer comment on request.
Disturbing Incident Comes Amid Ongoing NYC Crime Wave, Top Cop Blames ‘Woke’ District Attorney For Recidivism
The disturbing incident comes amid an escalating rise in crime in the Big Apple, with many officials pointing fingers at Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who has been criticized for his soft policies on crime he have allowed criminals to run rampant throughout the country. city with impunity.
The last new york police Figures show that overall crime in New York City increased in July 2022, by 30.5% compared to July 2021, with 11,619 incidents vs. 8,906 incidents in the same period in 2021.
Six of the seven major crime categories also saw increases, driven by a 40.6% increase in grand thefts (4,588 vs. 3,262), a 37.2% increase in robberies (1,730 vs. 1,261), and a 25.6% increase in burglaries (1,325 v. 1,055).
Police Commissioner Keechant L. Sewell called the “increase in crime” “totally unacceptable” and blamed “rampant, revolving-door recidivism” for “eroding public confidence in the criminal justice system.”
“We know that any increase in crime in our city is totally unacceptable,” said Police Commissioner Keechant L. Sewell. “Everyone who lives, works and visits here deserves to be safe, and the members of the NYPD will tolerate nothing less, but we can’t do it alone.”
Police commissioner says offenders ‘must face real consequences’ after bail reform eliminated cash bail for most crimes
Sewell added that offenders “must face real consequences,” likely in response to the city’s 2019 bail reform, which eliminated cash bail for misdemeanors and some felonies. political reports.
Palacios, who was arrested on a Friday, was released on Sunday, according to his Instagram post.
“When violent criminals are willing to carry illegal weapons on our streets and brazenly shoot innocent people, they must face real consequences. And when rampant and creeping recidivism erodes public trust in the criminal justice system, we must work to refocus that system on what matters most: victims. We all need to move in the same direction, so we can better deliver on the public safety promise we make to every New Yorker, every day.”
The recidivism that Commissioner Sewell is talking about stems primarily from DA Bragg’s leniency on crime policies.
A month into her tenure as chief prosecutor in New York City, Bragg distributed a “Day One” memorandum to her staff that said the district attorney’s office would not process fees, resisting arrest, and other crimes. nonviolent in an attempt to decriminalize poverty and mental illness and balance fairness and safety, according to ABC News.
He has since been criticized for allowing criminals to roam free despite recent and often violent crimes.