Unruly crowd takes cash register, causes chaos inside Leimert Park McDonald's

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Thursday, June 22, 2023
Unruly crowd causes chaos inside Leimert Park McDonald's
An unruly crowd was recently caught on camera causing chaos inside a Leimert Park McDonald's and taking off with the restaurant's cash register.

LEIMERT PARK, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- An unruly crowd was recently caught on camera causing chaos inside a Leimert Park McDonald's and taking off with one of the restaurant's cash registers.

Video of the incident from Monday night shows a crowd of teenagers trashing the restaurant as employees remain behind the counter, unable to stop what was happening. One worker scampered away and went behind the counter as the situation spiraled out of control.

Loud yelling and screaming is heard throughout the incident.

The footage continues to show one person running away with a cash register, followed by another person smashing it and causing it to bust open outside the restaurant. Multiple people are then seen taking money from the register.

"It was very fast, very quick thing, but what made it crazy was the crowd," said Jahnsun Bay, who was the security guard working that night.

"As far as I know the staff at McDonald's is doing well," he added.

The video is now part of a police investigation.

Los Angeles police say the incident happened at a McDonald's at 43rd Street and Crenshaw Boulevard. A Juneteenth festival nearby ended an hour early because of a false report of a shooting. That's when police responded to the McDonald's restaurant.

LAPD made two arrests in connection with the robbery of the cash register, 19-year-old Kenneth Fowler of Lomita and an unidentified juvenile.

The agency added it's aware of videos circulating on social media.

"We are deeply concerned by this recent incident," Tony Lardas, the owner-operator of the restaurant, said in a statement to Eyewitness News. "The safety of employees and customers is my top priority, and we're focused on supporting our restaurant team as we continue to assist local law enforcement in their investigation."

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