WASHINGTON (KTRK) --A decorated Marine veteran was attacked in the last place he expected, a McDonald's in Washington D.C.

Chris Marquez says a group of rowdy teenagers started taunting him while he was eating.

"They asked me if I believe that black lives matter," Marquez says. "I felt threatened and thought they were trying to intimidate me, so I figured I'm just going to keep to my food, eat my food, and hopefully they'll leave me alone."

"And because I wasn't responding back to them, they were calling me a racist.

"Marquez says he doesn't really remember what happened next. The restaurant manager says the group followed him outside. He was hit in the back of the head and fell to the ground.

The teens stole his wallet and credit cards. They have not been caught.


Marquez says the attack brought back memories of the war. He hopes the teens are caught before they attack anyone else.

Marine claims he was assaulted over 'Black Lives Matter'
Chris Marquez says several teenagers attacked him in Washington D.C.
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