- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Metropolitan Police Department on Thursday released security footage of an attack on a decorated Marine at a McDonald’s in Washington, D.C., and asked the public for help identifying and locating three persons of interest shown in the video.

The suspects allegedly attacked Christopher Marquez, a former Marine, as he was leaving the restaurant in Chinatown on Friday night. 

Mr. Marquez told police he was struck on the back of the head and knocked unconscious. The suspects then took his wallet, identification, credit cards, debit cards and about $400 in cash, according to the police report. 

“A victim was exiting a restaurant in the area when he was assaulted by suspect one. Suspect two then proceeded to take a wallet that carried a student identification card, credit cards and cash from the victim’s pocket. A third suspect also assaulted the victim. The suspects then fled the scene,” police said in a statement Thursday.

Mr. Marquez said he believed the attack was racially motivated. He told the Daily Caller the group of 16- to 21-year-old attackers approached him while he was eating and asked him if he thought black lives mattered. He said he did not respond to them because he felt intimidated.

The police report did not include a physical description of the attackers. In the video, a tall, black man wearing a white, sleeveless shirt can be seen striking Mr. Marquez on the back of the head as he exits the McDonald’s. The man and two others — both wearing hats — are seen removing his belongings before fleeing the scene. 

“Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099,” police said in the statement. Authorities are offering s $1,000 reward to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons of interest in the case. 

Mr. Marquez served in the Marine Corps from 2003 to 2014. He was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor for actions in Fallujah when he refused to leave a badly wounded Marine behind, even under heavy gunfire.

He was also famously photographed during that deployment helping carry then-1st Sgt. Bradley Kasal out of a house in Fallujah. Kasal was wounded and later received the Navy Cross. The photograph was later turned into a statue at Camp Lejeune, N.C., and Camp Pendleton, Calif.

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