PITTSBURGH — A man was left unconscious in the street, and a woman was pepper-sprayed after a fight in a local McDonald's spilled out the front door, police said.
Court documents said the victims of the attack were Marc Conn and Billie Jo Goldsworthy. Documents said Conn was left paralyzed.
Investigators said the attack happened at the location on Wood Street around 10:15 p.m. Monday.
During the investigation, police said they learned the victims were inside the restaurant when they got into an argument with another man.
Police said two employees -- identified as Roneese Davis and Kaniya Martin -- tried to break up the fight, but another employee threw a punch and chaos erupted.
According to a criminal complaint, that is when Goldsworthy was pepper-sprayed, dragged to the ground by her hair and punched multiple times by a group of women.
Video of the fight went viral on social media.
Police said Conn tried to intervene and was then knocked unconscious by Davis. Video footage shows Davis punching Conn once in the back of the head, causing him to fall face first into the pavement.
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For the remainder of the video, he did not move and was obviously unconscious until paramedics arrived.
Conn is now at Allegheny General in intensive care, and his family told Channel 11 they don’t know if he will ever be the same.
Davis is being charged with aggravated assault.
Police said they are reviewing city cameras, surveillance video inside the restaurant and cellphone video to determine if more charges should be filed.
Anyone who might have witnessed the incident is asked to call police at 412-255-2827.
In a statement sent to Channel 11, a spokesperson for McDonald's said:
"I am aware of the incident that took place at my restaurant. This behavior goes against the values and standards that I expect from my employees and I am fully cooperating with local law enforcement on this matter." – John Santonastasso, McDonald's Owner/Operator
This is not the first time there's been a violent incident at this McDonald's location. Just over two weeks ago, one person was shot outside the downtown fast food joint after a fight.
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