An Asian man was allegedly the victim of a racist and violent attack at a McDonald’s drive-thru in Rockville, Maryland last month.
The incident happened while Shang Wang ordered his usual Diet Coke at the restaurant along the 1300 block of Rockville Pike just before noon on June 25, according to a recent report. Wang said it all started when he drove around in a red Nissan SUV that had been idling and blocking the drive-thru.
“It seemed like he” [the driver] was on the phone,” Wang said 7News† “So I just drove around him and ordered my drink.”
Wang said he “didn’t think about it” as he passed the vehicle, which is why he was confused after the driver started beating constantly.
‘Go back to China! You Chinese bastard,” Wang recalled what the driver said. “And I look up, this man is standing at my window, he spits through my window and the spit lands on my face.”
Wang said he got out of his vehicle to confront the man, but the attack only escalated. His attacker reportedly started kicking him and spitting on him even more.
Wang called 911, but his attacker had already left when authorities arrived. An investigation later led them to 54-year-old Brandon Storm as a suspect.
Storm has yet to be formally charged, but a rise in hate crimes is reportedly unlikely as only Wang heard the alleged racist comments. Syed Chishty, the drive-thru cashier who witnessed the spitting, told 7News that Wang is a regular who has “always been nice” to him.
Wang, who immigrated to the US from Taiwan in 1977, told 7News that he felt “deeply violated” by the attack. He also accused Storm of threatening to rape his wife and children, even though he is unmarried and has no children.
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7News reported Storm’s location at a Rockville auto shop last Tuesday. The interaction “quickly erupted into a barrage of insults,” the news station said.
“F*ck you and the news media,” Storm is said to have told 7News reporter Kevin Lewis. “Turn me on. F*ck news media. Loser, get out of here.”
At least one other person – a retired schoolteacher eating food in her car – reportedly witnessed the incident. Wang hopes the police will “do their job and duty”.
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The incident came a week before an alleged anti-Asian attack on a California family visiting Portland. Dylan J. Kesterson, 34, faces bias crime after allegedly hitting a 5 year old girl and her father because he thought they were Japanese.
Featured image via 7News