A disturbing video clip going viral shows a man wielding an ax as he threatens customers at a McDonald’s in New York City on Friday, with the man in question defending the action and ridiculed the public that the city’s anti-soft crime policies and bail reform encouraged crime across the city.
Michael Palacios, 31, was arrested shortly after the shocking incident, the video garnering more than 14 million views on TikTok before being taken down and back on Twitter. NBC News.
The two-minute clip shows a number of incidents, including a series of scuffles and property destruction.
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In the video, Palacios appears to remove his backpack and remove a small hatchet before smashing a nearby table and shattering a glass barrier. While he threatened to approach some customers, he didn’t appear to injure anyone with a weapon.
However, he punches a patron at the end of the video and confronts several other customers with an ax. In the end he left with his bike
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According to police, no victims have reported injuries.
A spokesperson for the NYPD confirmed to NBC’s “Today” program that employees responded around 2:25 a.m. at McDonald’s on Delancey Street on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
A spokesman said: “When officers arrived, witnesses at the site reported that the suspect was in a physical dispute with three unidentified men inside the venue. “The suspect took an ax out of his backpack and threatened the unidentified men. The suspect intentionally caused property damage to the establishment. The individual was arrested by response officers. “
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Palacios was charged with mischief, three counts of threatening and two counts of possession of an ax weapon.
For his part, Palacios released an intimate statement on his Instagram page after his release, writing that he “just wanted to buy one get one free for $1 along with Diet Coke in the man’s cryptocurrency.” my grandfather when this gang attacked me” before adding his cash to the app handle.
“I just wanted to buy one get one free for $1 with my man’s crypto diet mug when this gang attacked me. @McDonalds. If you want to know what I said to the young lady, my earning app is $ mikesoho”
Palacios went on to say there was a police chase five minutes through the Lower East Side before arresting him, which he insists the NYPD said was “fun” and said he fell off his bike during the chase, darling. asked him to go to a nearby hospital. before the police took him to jail.
“After 5 minutes the police chased through the lower East block @nypd told me ‘it was an interesting chase’. They didn’t hurt me cycling with their bikes when they tailed me in circles around Delaney. Traffic was weak and I couldn’t get out of the neighborhood, I fell off my bike causing a lock of hair to turn from the street onto the sidewalk, hit my shoulder and dislocate. They took me to the hospital and more than a prison. And now I’m out.”
Palacios took to Instagram to defend the act of wielding an ax, saying he was attacked by a gang
He takes aim at his viral status and new-found haters, telling them he “goes to jail” for it, and suggests they “have a great day”.
“Some of you want me to go to jail? Did! Haha. So have a great day. Btw, I was out of the area and the police gave me props. “You went viral!”. Oh word? So if they’re not pressed, you mean people who are politically involved in everything but can’t get themselves off the cliff will be blocked. Also, you are psychopaths. If I had a gun, I would use it like an ax.” 😂
Meanwhile, Paul Hendel, the franchise’s owner, told the outlet he was “shocked by the acts of violence committed in our restaurant,” NBC reported.
“The safety of our customers and crew is always our top priority,” McDonald’s restaurant owner Paul Hendel told “TODAY” in a statement. “We are shocked by the violent acts committed in our restaurant and we are fully cooperating with authorities in their investigation.”
Palacios’ attorney, Jamie Niskanen-Singer, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Disturbing incident comes amid ongoing crime wave in NYC, top cop blames DA for “waking up” re-offending DA
The disturbing incident comes amid a growing crime scene in the Big Apple, with many officials pointing the finger at Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who has been criticized for the leniency of crime policies that have allowed Crime is rampant everywhere. city with punishment.
Latest NYPD Figures show that overall crime in New York City increased in July 2022, 30.5% compared to July 2021, with 11,619 crimes compared to 8,906 at the same time in 2021.
Six of the seven major crime categories also increased, driven by a 40.6% increase in major theft (4,588 v3,262), a 37.2% increase in robbery (1,730 v 1,261), and a 25 6% in theft (1,325 verses 1,055).
Police Commissioner Keechant L. Sewell said the “increase in crime” was “completely unacceptable,” and blamed “pervasive, repeated recidivism” for “undermining public trust.” them to the criminal justice system.”
“We know that any increase in crime in our city is completely unacceptable,” said Police Commissioner Keechant L. Sewell. “Everyone who lives, works and visits here deserves to be safe, and members of the NYPD will not tolerate it – but we cannot do it alone.”
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Sewell added that criminals “face real consequences,” possibly in response to bail reform the city imposed in 2019, which eliminated bail for misdemeanors and some felony, Politico report.
Palacios, who was arrested on Friday, was released and made free on Sunday, according to his Instagram post.
“When violent criminals willingly carry illegal guns on our streets and brazenly shoot at innocent people, they face real consequences. And as rampant, revolving recidivism erodes public trust in the criminal justice system, we must work to refocus that system on what matters most: the victim. We all need to move in the same direction, so that we can best deliver on the public safety promise we make to every New Yorker every day. “
The recidivism that Commissioner Sewell spoke of is primarily rooted in DA Bragg’s crime reduction policies.
A month after his tenure as top prosecutor in NYC, Bragg sent a “Day One” memo to his staff stating that the district attorney’s office would not prosecute beatings, arrests and other nonviolent crimes in an effort to eradicate poverty and mental illness and strike a balance between equity and safety, according to ABC News.
He has since been criticized for allowing criminals to roam freely despite recent and occasional violent crimes.