Police Charge Man in Hate Crime Attack at W. 3rd Street McDonald's
GREENWICH VILLAGE — The alleged hate-crime attacker accused of slashing a 22-year-old man who was with his transgender girlfriend at the West 3rd Street McDonald's last week is under arrest, police said.
Keith Patron, 44, turned himself in at a Bronx precinct Monday, saying he recognized himself in the video released by cops, police said. He is expected to be charged with assault as a hate crime after allegedly yelling anti-gay epithets at the victim and his transgender girlfriend when she tried to enter the woman's bathroom at the fast-food chain on Sept. 19.
"You're going to the wrong bathroom," Patron told the women, according to sources. He then threatened to "f--- them up."
The couple left the McDonald's, but the more than 300-pound man followed them outside and allegedly took a swing at one of them.
One of them punched back at him and then kneed him in the groin, sources said.
That's when Patron pulled out a razor blade and repeatedly slashed the man in the elbow, face, back and neck, according to police.
The alleged victim was rushed to Bellevue Hospital after the attack, where he received stiches.
The West 3rd Street McDonald's has long been troubled by fights and wild behavior. Former McDonald's worker Rayon McIntosh was arrested in 2011 after beating two woman with a aluminum rod after they jumped over the counter to confront him. He was later cleared of felony assault charges.
McDonald's franchise owners previously defended their store, saying the incident took place outside. They said they are cooperating with police.
Editor's Note: The intial version of this story incorrectly identified the victim as a transgender woman. The victim is a man, and his girlfriend is transgender.