Five Bayonne teenagers arrested after a McDonald’s employee was “threatened with violence and death,” leading to a chaotic scene on Tuesday, police said.
Four teenagers, a 16-year-old female, a 16-year-old male, 15-year-old male, and another a 16-year-old male, all of Bayonne, were charged with rioting (failure to disperse), according to Police Capt. Eric Amato.
Additionally, the female and two of the male suspects were charged with obstructing a governmental function, while a fifth teen, a 15-year-old male, was charged with making terroristic threats.
The first four juveniles were taken into custody on December 6th from the area of McDonald’s, located near the intersection of 25th Street and Broadway.
Officers responded to the restaurant on a report of a female employee “being threatened with violence and death by a male juvenile,” later identified as Juvenile 5.
As officers detained Juvenile 5 and conducted an investigation, Juvenile 1 obstructed the investigation as approximately 20 additional individuals surrounded the officers and began shouting obscenities at the officers.
Multiple backup units arrived to assist the officers and numerous commands to disperse were given to the large group. While attempting to disperse the group, Juvenile 3 pushed an officer and was taken into custody.
While the officer was doing so, Juvenile 1 and Juvenile 4 attempted to intervene and were also placed into custody. Juvenile 2 was also taken into custody after failing to disperse after being ordered to do so numerous times.
Furthermore, juvenile 5 was subsequently taken into custody from his residence the next day, December 7th, at approximately 4 p.m.