Rayon McIntosh, a McDonald’s cashier jailed for beating two irate customers with a metal rod (video below), claims that he was only trying to defend himself. McIntosh was arrested on Oct. 13 after a wild fight inside a McDonald’s in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City.
The fight appeared to have started when two female customers argued and yelled obscenities at the cashier when he questioned a $50 bill they gave him.
One of the female customers slapped the cashier and the other jumped over the counter. That’s when the cashier disappeared into the back of the fast-food restaurant, came back with a metal rod and hit the women repeatedly.
One of the women (whose names were not released) has a fractured skull.
McIntosh told the New York Daily News that the women came in angry and he was just trying to keep things calm when they “attacked for no reason.”
McIntosh was charged with two counts of felony assault and criminal possession of a weapon, while the two women were charged with menacing, disorderly conduct and trespassing.
McIntosh has a prior record and served time in prison after shooting and killing a high school classmate in 2000.
The owner of that McDonald’s said in a statement that she was “disturbed” by what happened and said that McIntosh is no longer employed there.