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'I'm Not a Hero,' Second Victim of Assault at McDonald's Says

Teonna Monae Brown, 18, was denied bond Monday after being arrested for allegedly attacking a transgender woman and the 55-year-old woman who tried to stop the attack on April 18.

Vicky L. Thoms doesn’t consider herself a hero.

But that is exactly what many people from across the country are calling the 55-year-old woman for stepping in and trying to help a transgender woman who was assaulted by two females last week at a Rosedale McDonald’s.

The has received national attention after a video, recorded by an employee at the fast food restaurant, went viral on the Internet.

A 14-year-old girl has been charged as a juvenile while another female, , 18, who lives on the 2000 block of Kelbourne Road in Rosedale, was arrested Friday and charged with first-degree assault, and two counts of second-degree assault. She was being detained at the Baltimore County Detention Center in lieu of $150,000 bail before her bond was denied Monday at a court hearing.

Thoms, who lives in Rosedale, said she had just entered the McDonald’s, located on the 6300 block of Kenwood Avenue, when she saw the two females attacking 22-year-old Chrissy Lee Polis near the restaurant’s restrooms. When no one attempted to break up the attack, Thoms said she felt obligated to do something.

“I don’t know why people are calling me a hero,” Thoms said. “I just did what I felt was right. What would you do if you saw the same thing? How would you feel if you were being attacked and other people just sat back and watched it happen? The whole incident makes me sick.”

According to court documents, the McDonald’s manager, Darick Jones, told police that Thoms “attempted to separate the suspects” from Polis. The two suspects, Jones said, then punched Thoms in the face “which caused her to become disoriented.”

Thoms said she had no idea why the females attacked Polis. The juvenile later told police that she and Brown were in the restaurant together and that they got into an argument with Polis “over using the bathroom,” according to court documents.

“I haven’t been able to sleep since the attack,” Thoms said. “I just can’t believe two young girls would be violent like that and that they would be so quick to hit a woman my age just because I tried to help."

Thoms said she would have offered to help again despite her back, which has two metal rods, as well as eight screws in her spine. She added she didn’t know that Polis was transgender, and it wouldn’t have mattered if she did.

“It’s about human decency,” Thoms said. “I just keep having visions of someone nearly getting killed just for trying to go to the bathroom in McDonald’s. What has this world come to?”

Thoms said she plans on following through with charges against Brown and the juvenile to ensure this doesn’t happen to someone else.

Court records show Brown was also charged with assaulting another woman at the same McDonald’s last July, according to The Smoking Gun. However, the two counts of second-degree assault against Brown in the July 27 attack on 38-year-old Danielle Dower of Rosedale were dropped in October.

“McDonald’s knew this girl’s history and they let her back in the building,” Thoms said. “Then, they kept letting the two girls back in multiple times to attack Chrissy some more.”

McDonald’s has since fired the employee who shot the video, but Thoms believes others who were there and did nothing to stop the attack should also be held responsible.

“McDonald’s needs to take responsibility for this incident,” Thoms said. “Every employee there who did nothing should be fired.”

A rally was planned for 7 p.m. Monday in front of the McDonald’s to bring attention to hate crimes. Several LGBT organizations are calling for the suspects in this case to be prosecuted for hate crimes.

Thoms said she wasn’t sure if she would attend the rally, but would like to speak with Polis.

“No human being should have to go through what Chrissy endured,” Thoms said.

The incident has generated so much attention, it led Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz to issue the following statement:

"Last week's beating of Chrissy Lee Polis in Rosedale once again reminds us of our responsibility as citizens to do all that we can to ensure that our neighborhoods provide a safe and welcoming environment for residents and visitors. Although this vicious attack was an isolated incident and in no way reflects on the Baltimore County or Rosedale communities, it does serve as a wake-up call that we all have a role to play in moving society forward. 

"It is the conversations around our dinner tables and the casual chatter among friends that develop patterns of behavior. Each and every one of us plays a role in deciding what kind of a society we deserve and what kind of a society we will help create. 

"I have every confidence that Police Chief Jim Johnson and State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger will address this matter professionally, as they address all issues of public safety in Baltimore County. But it is not only their responsibility to make us safe and secure. That responsibility is shared by each of us who call Baltimore County home."

Nikki April 29, 2011 at 12:08 AM
Unfortunately Penny there were no MEN prsent!!! Just a bunch of fools raised by even bigger ones. Clearly none of the male employees were raised right! None were raised to step up in times when necessary. Heck I bet most of em there were raised in homes where mom wasn't prsent....and if she was she was too busy laying up with yet another man whose name wasn't worth learning cuz he'd be gone next day anyway. Just bunch of trash floating around that restaurant that day!!
Robbin Brenk April 29, 2011 at 10:10 PM
I totally agree with you Nicky, scum of the ghetto those girls are, or should I call them animals because thats is exactly what they are. But guess what, now they'll be off to jail and we'll be paying for that too.
Buzz Beeler April 30, 2011 at 01:54 PM
Ms. Thoms is correct, she is not a hero. SHE IS A SUPPER HERO!!!
Rayline May 01, 2011 at 03:19 AM
You're right, Nikki. Rosedale is a ghetto place. That's where the scum girls are from, right? Just to think I thought the ghettos were in the city.
Aimee Bildstein May 20, 2011 at 02:37 PM
Rayline, Rosedale is not totally a Ghetto town, yeah it has the bad side of the town where these girls have obviously been raised in. But there are good areas of this town as well, I've lived my whole life here in decent neighborhoods where the streets are generally quiet and the neighbors are relatively decent. If I were present at the time this was occuring I would have stood beside Mrs Thorns, there needs to be more people willing to stand up against this kind of Hate Mongering people. How dare these girls think they would get away with this kind of violence, I wish there was a way to ensure they could not reproduce and create spawn that will be like them. I severly hope they do not get off for this CRIME they need to spend time in prison and maybe get a taste of the hell they gave to poor Chirssy. Crissy while she might have been born a man, she became a WOMAN through medical means cause she followed her heart, mind and soul into becoming what she felt she was inside. She is a WOMAN by all definiton of the word and should not have been treated this way at ALL! My thoughts and prayers go out to her, and my eternal thanks go out to Mrs Thorns she is the embodiment of a true human being willing to stand up before the face of hate. Thank you Mrs Thorns

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