via DAILY MAIL: A man and a woman have been arrested after allegedly beating up a blind Salvation Army bell ringer with his own charity kettle because they believed he had cut the line at a burger restaurant.
Juan Rodriguez, 30, and 21-year-old Audrianna Wignal were waiting for food at Tarrytown Road Smashburger in White Plains, New York state, alongside bell ringer, Jermaine Simmons, 41.
But before they reached the counter, Rodriguez accused Simmons – who was on his break – of cutting the line, and punched him so hard that he broke his nose and cheek, police said.
The impact caused the victim, to fall to the ground, his donation kettle flying out of his hands. As Simmons lay bleeding, he was then allegedly straddled by Rodriguez, while Wignal kicked him.
Finally, Rodriguez picked up the Salvation Army kettle and hurled it at the legally-blind bell ringer, striking him in the head, police told CBS New York following the incident on Saturday afternoon.
Simmons was transported to hospital with a broken orbital bone and a broken nose, officers said.
He was treated for his injuries and later released.
Speaking this week, the victim told NBC: ‘He swung his right hand at me real hard – so hard that I dropped the bucket. I was seeing blood that was coming out of my nose my head and even my eye.’
Rodriguez and Wignal were arrested at the scene on misdemeanor assault charges.
They were arraigned at a Westchester County town court the following day.
Rodriguez’s bail was set at $1,000, while Wignal’s was put at a lower $500. Although they both posted bail, Rodriguez was rearrested on Monday and given an upgraded felony assault charge.
It remains unclear whether Simmons cut the line – or if the pair mistakenly believed that he had.
At the time of the alleged attack, Rodriguez was reportedly on parole for another assault.
Wignal, meanwhile, was on probation for criminal mischief.
Rodriguez is being held in custody pending his arraignment on the upgraded charge.
An investigation is ongoing.