Viral video shows the moment that a man went on a rage-filled rampage with an ax at a McDonald’s in New York City.
Around 2:25 a.m. on Friday, a man wearing blue shorts and a black tank top appears to get in an altercation with another man at the McDonald’s on Delancey Street in the Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan. However, two other men physically prevent the aggressor from getting near the other McDonald’s customer.
The menacing man – later identified as Michael Palacios – shove the two men out of the way. Palacios punches a man dressed in white, which cause two other men to retaliate. Three men punch Palacios in the head, but he remained completely unphased. Palacios appears to seemingly welcome the punches and doesn’t defend himself from the flurry of fists as he casually leans on a garbage receptacle.
Palacios then takes his backpack off, and retrieves an ax. The men who punched Palacios quickly back away with their hands up.
A man begs him, “Bro, please!”
Palacios then swings the ax and smashes a table. He hammers a wall where nearby onlookers were standing and then obliterates a large glass partition.
Palacios – a 31-year-old from the Bronx – then slaps and punches two men, knocking one to the floor.
A witness is heard saying on video with nearly 16 million views on Twitter, “That’s why I keep my knife on me all the time, man. S**t like this, you never know. God knows, man.”
The ax-man then gets in the face of a young woman who was sitting down and points his weapon at her. He then bashes the ax on the table she was sitting at.
Palacios walks towards one of the men who punched him earlier and threatens him with the ax. A young woman is shielding him from a possible ax attack.
The 2-minute video ends with Palacios leaving the McDonald’s.
The New York Post reported that Palacios was charged with criminal mischief, three counts of menacing, and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon. The outlet said that Palacios has a prior arrest for resisting arrest.
Police said nobody was injured in the furious frenzy. However, there was thousands of dollars of damages done to the McDonald’s restaurant.
A spokesperson for the Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Public Information told TODAY, “Upon arrival of officers, witnesses at the location reported that the suspect got into a physical dispute with three unknown males inside of the location. The suspect removed an ax from his backpack and menaced the unknown males. The suspect intentionally caused property damage to the establishment. The individual was taken into custody by responding officers. A search incident to a lawful arrest, an additional knife was recovered from his backpack.”
Paul Hendel – the owner-operator of the destroyed McDonald’s – said, “The safety of our customers and crew is always our top priority. We are shocked by these acts of violence committed in our restaurant, and we are cooperating fully with the authorities in their investigation.”
(WARNING: Graphic video)