Mom in McDonald's Drive-Thru With Kids Assaulted by Irked Customer: Police

Police in California are seeking the public's help this weekend in identifying a suspect who allegedly assaulted a mother in a McDonald's drive-thru earlier this month.

According to the Richmond Police Department, at just after 12 p.m. on February 5, the victim of the attack arrived at a McDonald's drive-thru with her children in the vehicle. The suspect—who police released photos of on Saturday—"accused the victim of cutting in line, and rammed her car into the victim's vehicle," police wrote in a statement posted to Facebook.

The victim got out of her car and the suspect "drove directly toward the victim, striking and dragging her across the parking lot for more than 150 feet before stopping," police said.

The suspect got out of the car and punched the victim while she was on the ground, according to the department. The suspect then fled the scene.

"Investigators believe this incident was an unprovoked attack upon the victim and her children. We need your help to identify this violent and dangerous suspect!" the department wrote on Saturday.

In an interview with California news station KTVU, the victim of the attack, who only gave her first name, Amaro, said that she was "was terrified, for my children, for myself."

After the suspect initially struck her car, Amaro said that she stepped out of her vehicle to prevent them from leaving the scene. That's when the suspect struck her.

"I was able to hold on to the hood of her car and she drove off with me out of the McDonald's," Amaro told the news station.

"As I was trying to get up and get my balance back on my feet, she got out of her vehicle and started punching me multiple times," the victim added. "I counted six times in my face, but it could have been more."

McDonald’s Customer Attacks Mom Waiting in Drive-Thru
Police in Richmond, California, are seeking the public's help this weekend in identifying a suspect who allegedly assaulted a mother waiting with her kids in a McDonald's drive-thru. Above, a sign is posted in front of a McDonald's restaurant on January 27 in San Pablo, California. Justin Sullivan

Sgt. Aaron Pomeroy of the Richmond Police Department told the station that police are investigating the incident as an assault with a deadly weapon "because her vehicle was used specifically as a weapon to ram the other vehicle."

She told the station that while she is fine physically, the thought of running into the suspect again is "terrifying."

Newsweek reached out to the Richmond Police Department for comment and any updates in the investigation, but did not receive a response in time for publication on Sunday afternoon.

In a separate incident in Illinois, police said Saturday that they are looking to identify a man who allegedly opened fire into a Wendy's on Tuesday. The man fired a weapon after he "was not happy with the service" at the restaurant's drive-thru, but no one was injured in the attack, according to police.