Police are looking for a suspect in an assault on a Filipino American family at a drive-thru window at a North Hollywood McDonalds, reports the Los Angeles Daily News.
Police charged Nicholas Weber with two counts of felony battery, but authorities released him on his own recognizance. He failed to show up at his court hearing.
“He pushed my dad on the concrete ground,” Patricia Roque told Eyewitness News. “He had a broken rib on his left side. My mom, on the other hand, suffered physical injuries as well when she was strangled. She was also hit in the chest.”
Dozens of people attended a rally Friday demanding justice and asking why the courts released Weber.
The family said Weber drove up behind the family and hit their vehicle from the rear while in the drive-thru line. The family identifies him as the man seen on video yelling racial slurs at them before the confrontation turned physical.
“I thought, ‘I’m gonna die,’” Nerissa Roque said to KTLA about the man who she says proceeded to choke her.
Numerous community groups joined the family for the rally Friday.
“He should be apprehended for what he has done to me and my family, this is unacceptable,” Patricia Roque said. “And to think that he’s still roaming the streets, with no care in the world, I just find it really hard to accept.”
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