Man Pleads Not Guilty in Alleged Hate-Motivated Attack at NoHo Drive-Thru – Los Angeles

Two battery charges were dropped against a Sylmar man who was accused of assaulting and rearing an infidel family at a North Hollywood drive through.

Nicholas Weber (31 years old) is charged with one felony charge of battery with severe bodily injury, and one misdemeanor battery count. There was also a hate-crime allegation.

These charges stem from an altercation that took place in the drive-thru line at McDonald’s on May 13. Weber is accused of rear-ending a car driven by Patricia Roque and Nerissa Roque, both 47. According to family, the confrontation was captured on cell phone video. The driver allegedly uttered anti-Asian slurs and got out of the vehicle to confront the women. He threatened to ‘kill’ them.

The women called the police and, while they waited for them to arrive at the scene, Gabriel Roque (Nerissa Roque) arrived on the scene. According to the family, Weber then allegedly attacked Nerissa Roque and Gabriel in a physical altercation. The 62-year old man suffered injuries including a broken bone. This confrontation was also recorded on cell-phone video. 

Weber was not taken into custody after the confrontation. However, he was later arrested and was scheduled to appear in court on June 8. According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office Weber did not appear in court. However, a judge issued him a bench warrant to arrest him.

According to the District Attorney’s Office, he was later arrested in Orange County for an unrelated matter and held on the warrant. 

Family members and leaders from various Filipino immigrant support groups rallied in front of the Van Nuys District Attorney’s Office demanding full prosecution.

“This was the most traumatic experience of our lives. Patricia Roque released a statement saying that she was afraid the suspect would kill her because of how they saw us — we were Asian. “We demand an investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department, and that the case be prosecuted to its fullest extent.”

In a statement announcing Weber’s June 21 arrest, District Attorney George Gascón said, “The unprovoked assault on members of our community is wrong and will not be tolerated. We must make our message loud and clear against violence and racial hate. Los Angeles County hate crime perpetrators will be held accountable.

According to jail records Weber remains behind bars after being taken into custody. 

He is expected to return to court on Aug. 19, where a hearing will be held to determine if sufficient evidence exists to permit the case to go to trial.

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