Fast food worker loses one eye; California man arrested for punching him

A man who reportedly assaulted a worker at a fast food restaurant in the face and caused her to lose an eye was detained by Antioch, California, police on Monday, according to the authorities.

Police Report

Around 5:25 p.m. on Nov. 12, the Antioch Police Department received calls. police stated in a statement posted to Facebook that they received a report of an assault at The Habit Burger in the San Francisco Bay Area at local time (8:25 p.m. ET) they said.

In a report from NBC News, when responding police arrived, they discovered that a restaurant employee had suffered severe facial injuries after “defending a person with an intellectual handicap from being mistreated.”

The event caused the victim to lose her right eye, according to authorities.

According to NBC Bay Area, the victim, 19-year-old Bianca Palomera, claimed the suspect threatened to “beat him up” and shouted racial insults at a person she recognized as the brother of a coworker.

When that happens, she intervenes and says, “You know, it’s not right what you’re doing,” she told the television station.

Footage of the Attack

The suspect seems to hit Palomera in the face in CCTV footage of the assault. Palomera retaliated by fighting back and was struck several more, according to NBC Bay Area.

Following a week-long investigation, the United States Marshals Service detained Hayward resident Isaac White-Carter, 20, on Monday morning regarding the incident. According to the statement, he was handed over to Antioch police and charged with felony counts of mayhem and aggravated assault resulting in serious bodily injury.

Right now, it’s unclear if White-Carter has a lawyer.

Support for the Victim

This matter will be prosecuted by the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office, which did not immediately respond to demands for comment.

The Antioch Police Department gave the victim their “support and thanks for aiding a community member in need,” according to a statement.

Palomera asserted that she doesn’t regret offering to assist.

NBC Bay Area quoted her as saying, “This is probably the last thing I would have predicted out of anything, but I don’t fully regret, you know, aiding, stepping in.”