A Southern California family expressed relief Wednesday after hearing about the arrest of a suspect in an attack at a drive-thru McDonald’s in North Hollywood.
“This was the most traumatic experience of our lives. I feared that the suspect would kill us because of what we looked like–because we are Asian,” said their daughter Patricia Roque in a statement sent to AsAmNews. “We are demanding a full investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department and demand that this case be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
As AsAmNews previously reported, Nicholas Weber faces two counts of felony battery. Authorities had issued a warrant for his arrest after he failed to show up for a court hearing.
The Rogue family said Weber’s vehicle hit their car from behind in the drive-thru lane at the fast-food restaurant. They say the accident turned into a confrontation when they charge the suspect with pushing the father on the ground and breaking his ribs. He is also accused of strangling the mother.
“We’re very much relieved that he’s now in custody,” said daughter Patricia. “However, this is not the end of our fight as this is only the beginning. Weber having to answer for his actions is long overdue, and we hope that this is a message to not only the victims of Asian hate crimes, but to the people who incite violence against our community. Giving law enforcement pressure is key to fighting for justice, and I thank them for finally apprehending Weber. This news is an encouragement of hope for us, and we hope that the same goes to other victims as well.”
Webber is scheduled to appear in court today, June 23, on the charges.
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