Third Transgender Youth Arrested in Dunkin' Donuts Riot
By Shayna Jacobs and Ben Fractenberg
WEST VILLAGE — Police have arrested a third person in connection with a riot inside a Christopher Street Dunkin’ Donuts.
Mark Wright, 19, of Brooklyn was arrested on June 2 and charged with attempted assault, criminal mischief, menacing, rioting and criminal possession of a weapon, police and prosecutors said Monday.
Wright was allegedly part of a group of two dozen transgender teens who were caught on security video trashing the eatery at 75 Christopher St. around 8 p.m. on May 16. The group of more than 20 youths could be seen overturning tables, upending coffee machines and throwing chairs at staff, authorities said.
Wright, who self-identifies as a woman, according to the criminal complaint, and whose mugshot released by police shows Wright wearing a wig and hoop earrings, allegedly told authorities that the melee started when "she saw one of the people who had jumped her three weeks earlier and that when she went to confront the person, the person ran behind the counter inside Dunkin Donuts," prosecutors wrote in the criminal complaint.
"(Wright) was upset because the person had jumped her so instead of jumping behind the counter and getting back at her she threw a chair at her and walked out," Wright allegedly told officials, according to the complaint.
Police have also arrested Dwayne Jones, 20, from Queens and another 15-year-old boy in connection with the incident.
The incident sparked an outcry in the community demanding an increased police presence. Many shopowners say this is not the first such incident on the block, and they fear that the arrests will not do enough to stop the youth violence in the area.
Hundreds of people have signed a petition asking for police to do more in the area.