What the Ha-yell reports:
Here’s the run-down:
Rayon McIntosh, 31, was minding his own business behind the counter of Mickey D’s when two women came in with a $50 bill to pay for their food.
He checked the bill for authenticity, per company policy, and the two women went berserk.
“She started saying nasty things to me,” McIntosh said of one woman October 21. “She said, ‘Oh, you think my s-t is fake?…She started saying, ‘Suck my d-k.’ She called my mother a whore.” That’s when he grabbed the metal bar used to clean the grills and began to beat the women…allegedly because he feared for his life.
The beat down he gave them sent him to Riker’s Island; but Assistant District Attorney Jaime Hickey-Mendoza made a startling request at the conclusion of 11 days of testimony:
Why, you ask?
Because a cell-phone video camera also caught the two women, Denise Darbeau and Rachel Edwards, both 24, hopping over the counter and attacking him first.
“They were trying to turn him into a monster, my son,” said McIntosh’s mother, Maureen Lucas, sobbing outside of the courtroom, “if he didn’t have that record, they would never have arrested him.”
McIntosh served over a decade at Riker’s Island on a manslaughter charge and took the job at McDonald’s to get his life on track, according to his stepsister Jacara McIntosh. “No 31-year-old wants to work at McDonald’s making $7.25 an hour but he did it,” she said.
In an exclusive interview with NY Daily News while still on Riker’s Island, he shared his side of the story:
“I was being attacked by aggressive people I didn’t know,” he said. “I was just defending myself. They came in and went crazy on me.”
McIntosh has been cleared of all charges, including assault and weapons charges. The women still face charges of criminal trespassing, menacing and disorderly conduct.
“He didn’t know if they had a weapon,” said defense lawyer Theodore Herlich. “They were saying, ‘We’re going to f–k you up.’ He thought they were saying, ‘We’re going to cut you up.’ I think the grand jury had a lot of sympathy for him based on the video, based on how the women were behaving.”