On October 13, 2011, Denise Darbeau and Rachel Edwards entered a McDonald’s
in Greenwich Village after a night of drinking. Shortly after arriving
they were involved in a confrontation with an employee, Rayon McIntosh,
after the women allegedly tried to pass off a counterfeit fifty dollar bill.
The whole scene was caught on film and what began as an argument quickly turned into more when the women
jumped over the counter and one of them struck McIntosh, who responded
by picking up a long, thin, metal rod (a kitchen utensil used to clean
the griddle) and striking the women a dozen or so times. Darbeau suffered
a broken skull and arm while Edwards was badly cut and bruised.
Although the women received the worse end of the confrontation in terms
of injuries the original assault charge against McIntosh who argued self-defense,
was dropped. A grand jury indicted Darbeau and Edwards on misdemeanor
trespass charges which were later elevated to third-degree felony burglary
charges. The women’s criminal defense attorney said “The only
person that uses the weapon, the only person that uses criminal force
in the case is basically off the hook, and the people who got beaten to
within an inch of their life are under indictment. In my opinion, that’s
not consistent with justice.” McIntosh maintains that he feared
for his well-being and was acting out of self-defense.
Darbeau and Edwards entered a plea of not guilty to the charges and refused
the prosecution’s offer of probation for a guilty plea. The women
and their criminal defense lawyer are outraged by the indictment and feel
the situation is a “travesty”. However, the public is not
so appalled. This is mostly due to the derogatory comments the women allegedly
made to authorities, the comments they allegedly made to each other insinuating
that alcohol played a role in the altercation and the fact that it was
all caught on video showing the woman jumping the counter and starting
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