Two teens have been arrested in connection to the assault and robbery of a veteran Marine sergeant, D.C. police said.
Police said one 17-year-old male and one 17-year-old female were involved in the attack. The male was charged with aggravated assault and the female was charged with robbery.
Christopher Marquez, who served in the Marine Corps from 2003 to 2011, told police he was assaulted while eating at a McDonald's.
Marquez said he believes the February 12th attack was racially motivated.
"The kids were asking me if I think that black lives mattered," Marquez told USA Today. "I was ignoring them, just because I felt intimidated. I felt how they approached me, it was very hostile. I felt they were really trying to intimidate me and just trying to start a confrontation with me."
Police say a third suspect was involved in the assault.
Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411. Crime Solvers of Washington, DC currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the person or persons responsible for a crime committed in the District of Columbia.
A GoFundMe account has been set up for Marquez. If if you would like to make a donation, click here.