Charges: 3 men climbed through drive-thru window during fight at St. Paul McDonald’s
In a decidedly unhappy meal, three men were charged with first-degree burglary after they climbed through a St. Paul McDonald’s restaurant drive-thru window and fought with employees, according to charges filed in Ramsey County District Court.
The three also were accused of third-degree riot for the benefit of a gang in the incident early July 24.
According to the criminal complaint:
The three -- Willie Charles Lassiter, 18, St. Paul; Evan Kasadine McMillan, 18, St. Paul; and Keith Lamar Garrett Jr., 20 -- were in an SUV at the McDonald’s at 1388 E. Maryland Ave. when they argued with a 24-year-old employee at the drive-thru window. The men spat at the employee, who punched one of the SUV’s windows, breaking it.
Then the three climbed through the window and started to fight with employees.
The 24-year-old employee told police the men had been harassing him over the past month while he was at work because he had tried to begin a relationship with a woman who was the ex-girlfriend of a gang member.
The complaint said Lassiter, McMillan and Garrett are gang members. Lassiter and McMillan denied being gang members, the complaint said. They said they were trying to get their money back for the meal because they were concerned that the restaurant employee had done something to it.
They said another employee wielded a pole during the fight in the restaurant, the complaint said.
Lassiter said he threw a pot of coffee at someone, but he didn’t think it hit anyone, the complaint said.