- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Two teens have been arrested in connection to the assault and robbery of a decorated former Marine in D.C., police said.

Police said one male and one female, both 17, were arrested for their involvement in the attack on Christopher Marquez, who served in the Marine Corps from 2003 to 2011 and earned a Bronze Star for valor for actions in Fallujah, USA Today reported Tuesday.

The male teen was charged with aggravated assault and the female was charged with robbery. Police are still looking for a third suspect involved in the assault.

Mr. Marquez told police he was assaulted as he was exiting a McDonald’s restaurant in Chinatown on Feb. 12, after a group of teens approached him as he was eating inside and “were asking me if I think that black lives mattered,” USA Today reported.

“I was ignoring them, just because I felt intimidated. I felt how they approached me, it was very hostile,” he said. “I felt they were really trying to intimidate me and just trying to start a confrontation with me.”

As Mr. Marquez exited the restaurant, he was struck on the back of the head and knocked unconscious by one of the male suspects. As he laid on the ground, another suspect emptied his pockets, stealing his wallet, credit and debit cards, identification and about $400 in cash. 

Police released security camera footage of the incident last week. 



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