Filipino Family Rear-Ended, Taunted, and Attacked in North Hollywood
June 15, 2022
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, CA—A Filipino family says they are still traumatized after being mocked and attacked last month in the drive-thru of a McDonald’s.
Patricia Roque and her mother, Nerissa, were in the drive-thru of a McDonald’s on Victory Boulevard on May 13 when a Jeep rear-ended them. The two women called 911 and Roque’s father for help, according to CBS News.
“I didn’t even know him and we [were not] not doing anything,” said Nerissa.
The driver of the Jeep drove by them twice and mocked them using a fake Asian accent and saying, “You’re so Asian” and “I kill you” from inside his vehicle.
“Definitely threatening to kill us,” said Patricia. “Honestly, I thought it was going to end with that.”
When Roque’s father, Gabriel, arrived, the incident escalated into a physical altercation. The Jeep driver grabbed Nerissa’s neck, reports CBS News.
“It traumatized us,” said Nerissa.
When Gabriel tried to stop the Jeep driver from opening the door of the women’s car, he was punched and fell to the ground. Footage of the altercation shows the family and bystanders trying to restrain the man.
“I’m afraid to go out,” said Nerissa. “I’m afraid to go out [and] I keep telling my daughter to lock the door.”
Nerissa was punched in the chest and Gabriel suffered a broken rib in the fracas, according to CBS News.
The Jeep driver was later identified as 31-year-old Nicholas Weber and was arrested by the LAPD on suspicion of battery and assault with serious bodily injury. Weber was originally scheduled to be arraigned on June 8, but failed to appear, which now puts the case in warrant status.
What makes this even more bizarre, while a CBS Los Angeles news crew interviewed the Roque family attorney, a random woman approached and spat at the camera.