Pearl Ozoria, 27, of Upper Westside, Manhattan, 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. She was with Brooklyn, New York City residents Chitara Plasencia, 25, of Brooklyn, New York City and Tatiyanna Johnson, 23.
When Ozoria, Plasencia and Johnson 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 is a fry cook. He used his cellphone to record the attack.
More than 20 people were inside the restaurant at the time. However, no one tried to stop Ozoria, Plasencia and Johnson.
Bel Fries co-owner Annalee Schlossberg, 23, who was not present during the attack, described Ozoria, Plasencia and Johnson as “crazy, destructive animals”. Schlossberg told the New York Post, “Everyone outside was recording and laughing and cheering on the girls, which is the most disgusting part.”
The damage Ozoria, Plasencia and Johnson caused at Bel Fries amounted to $25,000. Ozoria is accused of stealing $10 from the register and punching an arresting officer in the face.
Ozoria was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, assaulting an officer, resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration. She was booked into the Rose M. Singer Center in East Elmhurst, Queens, New York City but was released after posting $5,000 bond.