Tatiyanna Johnson, 23, of Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States went to Bel Fries on Ludlow Street in Lower East Side, Manhattan at around 4:00 a.m. on July 3, 2022 with Chitara Plasencia, 25, of Brooklyn and Pearl Ozoria, 27, of Manhattan, New York City. Annalee Schlossberg, 23, and another male owner own the restaurant, which opened in 2020.
When Johnson, Ozoria and Plasencia were told dipping sauce would cost a roughly additional $1.75, they got angry and trashed the restaurant, which opened in 2020. They attacked Bel Fries employees Rafael Nunez, 38, and Maria Baez, 33, who both suffered from head lacerations.
Nunez, a fry cook, used his cellphone to record the attack. More than 20 people were inside the restaurant at the time but no one tried to stop Johnson, Ozoria and Plasencia.
“I felt so angry because I couldn’t do anything,” Nunez told the New York Post. “These are ladies. I had knives in the shop but I can’t use those. Recording was the only way to defend myself.”
Johnson, Ozoria and Plasencia were caught on camera tearing down Bel Fries’ plexiglass guard along the counter, ripping out the cash register and hurling glass bottles and stools at Nunez and Baez. At one point, Johnson twerked on the counter.
Shortly after the attack ended, police officers arrived and arrested Johnson, Ozoria and Plasencia. On July 8, 2022, Johnson and Plasencia appeared in Manhattan Criminal Court before Judge Jonathan Svetkey.
Manhattan’s assistant district attorney Kelly Moran requested grand jury proceedings for Johnson and Plasencia. Charged with robbery, criminal mischief and criminal possession of a weapon, the two Brooklyn residents are due back in court in August 2022.