Three women featured in a recent viral video destroying a New York City restaurant and attacking employees over the cost of extra dipping sauce have been arrested and are now facing charges of assault, robbery, and criminal mischief.
As lawlessness continues to rule the day in blue cities like NYC, viral videos like the one below have become more commonplace. Three women were caught on video by one of the restaurant’s employees wreaking havoc at Bel Fries restaurant on the Lower East Side at around 4 a.m. The unruly customers can be seen throwing glass bottles and other objects at the employees while onlookers stand by and watch, recording the incident on their cellphones rather than intervening and helping the victims.
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Police were later able to identify the suspects as Pearl Ozaria, Chitara Plasencia, and Tatiyanna Johnson. The women were arrested and charged for the brutal attacks on the restaurant employees, as well as the damage done to the restaurant itself.
Speaking with Fox 5 New York, Johnson’s attorney, Glenn Hardy, tried to excuse the women’s behavior, claiming that the public only knows so much of the story. According to the attorney, inflammatory language was supposedly used during an argument between the restaurant workers, which is somehow supposed to explain their actions.
Regardless, the cell phone video shows the women taunting the restaurant workers, trashing the business, and twerking against the plastic COVID barrier atop the counter, tearing the barrier down mid-twerk.
While speaking with Univision about the attack, the restaurant’s chef, Rafael Nuñez, said that the attack began when he tried explaining to the women that extra sauce for the potatoes costs $1.75. That was when they became upset.
“We explained to them that this is a business rule and that it is equal for everyone, but they did not understand,” the chef said.
Nuñez went on to note that the women destroyed the restaurant’s computers, stole money from the cash register, and threw sauce containers across the restaurant. The chef pointed out that he was unsure of how he could possibly defend himself against the attackers, since they were women.
“It only occurred to me to take out the phone as a defense, in case something happened to me, so that it was recorded,” Nuñez said. “I thought about using a knife, or pouring hot oil on them, but none of that seemed appropriate to me. Then I felt … impotence because I wanted to retaliate, but I didn’t know how.”
Another employee, Victoria Baez, revealed that during the attack, the women threw hot sauce and tequila at her face, which affected her ability to see.
“I turned on the alarm to scare them, because sometimes that works, but not with them. They didn’t leave,” Baez told Univision. “And the saddest thing is that everyone saw it as a joke and laughed. No one stopped them.”
According to a statement from New York City Police, two employees suffered minor head injuries during the altercation.