Police made two arrests on Monday in the incident where a decorated Marine was attacked and robbed in Washington, D.C. outside a fast-food restaurant.
Two teenagers were arrested: a 17-year-old male charged with aggravated assault and a 17-year-old female charged with robbery, according to the Stars and Stripes. Both hail from Washington; the minor’s names are not going to be released due to their age.
Law enforcement personnel are looking for a third person who is believed to be involved in the attack; the police investigation continues.
The victim, Christopher Marquez believes the incident was racially motivated after being confronted — surrounding his table and asking him: ‘Do you believe black lives matter.’
Marquez is currently a student at American University. He served eight years active duty in the Marines as a Rifleman and Scout Sniper and received the Bronze Star for valor during his first deployment.
“When I was in the Marine Corps, I served with people from many different backgrounds, ethnicities, religions, and races,” Marquez told The DCNF. “Like all Marines, I fought for the freedom of all Americans and not just one particular group.” Marquez carried the body of his slain team leader from combat following an ambush during the Battle of Fallujah, for which he received the award.
He was also involved in the infamous “Hell House” fire fight in Fallujah. In November 2004, an embedded photographer captured one of the most memorable battlefield images of the U.S. war in Iraq. The LA Times wrote: “Marine 1st-Sgt. Brad Kasal, bloodied but unbowed, was being helped from house-to-house fighting in Fallouja by lance corporals Chris Marquez and Dane Shaffer. In one hand, Kasal gripped his 9-millimeter Beretta, in the other, his K-bar knife.”
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