Assault, injuries, and damage at fast-food Richmond restaurant when customer becomes violent

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      A violent outburst from an unhappy customer that took place at a fast-food joint in Richmond yesterday has involved alleged assaults, several injuries, property damage, and an arrest.

      Richmond RCMP stated in a news release issued today (July 28) that around 3:40 p.m. on July 27, officers responded to a call from employees about a disturbance at a fast-food restaurant at the Ironwood Plaza.

      According to Richmond RCMP, a customer was upset with service, became irate, and allegedly began damaging property at the restaurant.

      When police attempted to arrest the suspect, he began fighting with them.

      During the altercation, two restaurant and two police officers were assaulted and sustained minor injuries.

      The suspect, who also had minor injuries, was taken to Richmond General Hospital for treatment.

      The 30-year-old suspect is in custody as he awaits a bail hearing, and he faces potential charges of mischief (over $5,000), assault, and assault of a police officer.

      Richmond RCMP Cpl. Ian Henderson said that police are aware of a video of the incident on social media but added that “this investigation is still on-going and it would be inappropriate to speak to this apparent evidence at this time”.

      An online video captures an incident at a McDonald's in which a man becomes agitated, and pushes over equipment and counter items, and threatening and insulting staff. 

      Any witnesses or those with video footage are asked to contact Richmond RCMP or, to remain anonymous, Crime Stoppers.