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Baltimore police charge 18-year-old in attack on transgender woman

Baltimore police charge 18-year-old in attack on transgender woman
Teonna Monae Brown

Baltimore County police have charged an 18-year-old woman in the brutal attack on a transgender woman at a local McDonald’s restaurant on April 18.

The Baltimore Sun reports:

Teonna Monae Brown of the 2000 block of Kelbourne Road in Rosedale was charged in the attack on Chrissy Lee Polis. The incident was videotaped and went viral online late last week, with hundreds of thousands of views on various websites.

The video shows Polis, 22, being kicked and punched in the head by two people until she appears to have a seizure. While one employee and a patron try to intervene, others can be seen standing and watching, and some are laughing.

Brown has been charged with one count of first-degree assault and two counts of second-degree assault. She was arrested Friday and is currently in custody at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $150,000 bond.

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Polis was attacked on when she got into a confrontation with two female patrons over use of the women’s restroom. The second suspect, a 14-year-old, girl has also been charged in the attack, but her name has not been released because charges were filed in juvenile court.

According to police, Brown was arrested last July for allegedly attacking a mother after a dispute inside the same McDonald’s.

Police have not yet determined whether there is sufficient evidence to prosecute the attack as a hate crime.

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