PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - Disturbing video shows a customer assaulting a little person working at a Phoenix fast food restaurant. Back in March, Runeisha Gay was working behind the counter at the McDonald’s near I-17 and Thunderbird Road when she was attacked. “He had no mask and I told him he needed to get one,” says Gay. “I was very respectful when I said that, and he left mad."
When the customer returned, Gay says, he tried to get ahead in line. She says her coworkers stepped in, and she went back to doing what she was doing. Surveillance video captured the man walking past the other employees and behind the counter to kick a step stool out from under her. "It went black, I saw stars,” says Gay. “I fell and was on the ground my glasses were off." Gay says she went to the hospital and doctors determined she had suffered a concussion.
"We should all be a joint community and help each other and not target each other for specific reasons,” says Phoenix Police Sgt. Mercedes Fortune. Police are now turning to the public for help identifying and locating the suspect seen in the video. Investigators are looking at the incident as a bias crime. "Based on what the video showed and some of the witness statements and also the victim's perception of that incident since she was there, this is being investigated as it relates to bias,” says Fortune.
As a little person, Gay says, she has faced adversity before, but she had never been attacked until now. She thanks her coworkers for all their support, and hopes police can track down the suspect. "It happens all the time, and I'm used to it, but not like to this certain extent,” says Gay. "I'm still hurting, I'm still thinking about it, I'm still feeling the effects of it."