WARNING: Video contains graphic violence and language
According to reports by FOX11, the fight began when a security guard at one of the fast food chain’s restaurants asked two homeless men who were asleep at a table to leave the premises.
As FOX11 reports, the security guard did manage to eventually remove the men from the McDonald’s and at least one of the suspects has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon.
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A supersized brawl between two homeless men and a McDonald’s security guard broke out in the early morning hours of a Santa Monica franchise Wednesday.
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Other businesses in the area reported to have had similar problems with homeless individuals in the area including fighting and theft.
The transient assailants even managed to obtain the officer’s weapon. Rodriguez. “At some point the security guard’s baton is taken and it’s used against him,” said Lt.
Police report that the security officer only suffered minor injuries and did not require medical attention.
Another gentleman in an orange shirt can be seen stepping in to try and assist the security guard by pummeling the attacker with one of the restaurant’s chairs as the fight spilled into the parking area outside the McDonald’s.
A witness who shot cellphone video of the altercation spoke with FOX11 but requested not to be named.
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“They were taking up space. It’s a private property so the security guard was asking them to buy some food or they needed to leave,” Lt. Saul Rodriguez of the Santa Monica Police Department told the local Fox affiliate.
After an initial tussle, the security guard, “eventually pepper sprayed the guy in the face,” the witness described, but the attackers were unfazed.
A security guard at a McDonald’s in Santa Monica, California can be seen with an attacker holding his baton around his neck while an another gentleman attempts to stop the assault in the early morning hours on June 5, 2017. (Screenshot/YouTube)