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Man Charged in Christopher St. Attack Had Prior Assault at McDonald's

By DNAinfo Staff on October 17, 2011 6:23pm

Facebook user Damian Furtch posted images of himself with two black eyes on Sunday.
Facebook user Damian Furtch posted images of himself with two black eyes on Sunday.
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MANHATTAN CRIMINAL COURT — A homeless man who was sentenced to jail for an assault in front of a troubled Greenwich Village McDonald's in March was rearrested on charges of assaulting another man on Christopher Street last week, prosecutors said Monday. 

Anthony Bray, 22, had admitted to striking 26-year-old Damian Furtch in front of the busy fast food restaurant that many locals consider a hot spot for violence and other problems. Bray was sentenced to six months in jail, but it was not immediately clear how much time he served in Department of Correction custody.

He was re-arrested last week for allegedly throwing several punches at another victim in front of 107 Christopher St. and is currently being held on $2,000 bail.

Bray's March attack drew attention to the violence surrounding the 24-hour McDonald's on West 3rd Street at Sixth Avenue.

After Furtch posted photos of his blackened eyes and bruised face, city officials initially believed the incident was a hate crime, although prosecutors determined that was not the case. 

Bray was charged with third-degree assault, and he pleaded guilty. 

But issues at the McDonald's have not ended.

The spot was most recently the site of a shocking incident in which two female customers are seen on video jumping over the counter to lunge at a cashier who then violently struck them with a metal rod. 

Employee Rayon McIntosh, 31, was charged with felony assault and with criminal possession of a weapon. The women were each charged with menacing, trespass and disorderly conduct.

DNAinfo reported Monday that the restaruant's management apparently considered hiring private security to deal with its problems but decided against it because of the cost.

Bray is due back in court on Thursday and McIntosh is next scheduled to appear on Tuesday.