ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A Marine veteran is still recovering after he was assaulted at a Washington D.C. McDonald’s last week while he was leaving the restaurant. His injuries were so severe, he ended up in the hospital.
In the meantime, several Good Samaritans have come to Chris Marquez's aid after the brutal attack.
Video of the brutal attack was released by police on Thursday and it shows Marquez hit from behind, causing him to fall to the sidewalk. His wallet was stolen and he was kicked twice as he tried to get up. Police are looking for three persons of interest connected to this assault.
“I'm actually doing a lot better,” Marquez told FOX 5 on Friday night. “I actually just came out of the hospital today. I was there overnight just because they wanted to monitor my condition some more. They are doing some tests.”
Marquez, a student at American University, is a decorated veteran who was awarded a Bronze Star for valor in the Iraq War.
Mike Tikoyan, the owner of NT Auto Body in Alexandria, Virginia, reached out to Marquez in hopes of helping him out.
“I heard about it from a friend of mine what happened to Chris and it really hurt my heart,” said Tikoyan. “Being the Marine that he is, it's something a little special that goes deeper from all my friends – a lot of Marines, Coast Guard – they all have military [experience]. And when I saw what happened to him, it just hurt me when they took the wallet, no money left, and I said I have to do something.”
Tikoyan and his brother gave a $5,000 check to Marquez Friday night to help with his recovery and expenses in the aftermath of the attack.
This is the not the first time the auto body shop owner has helped a local person recovering from a harrowing experience. Back in 2013, Alexandria Police Officer Peter Laboy was shot in the head while on duty conducting a traffic stop. Tikoyan gave Laboy a big surprise as part of his recovery -- he remade a car for Laboy free of charge.
Another Good Samaritan is also helping out Marquez during his time of need. A GoFundMe account created by Danny Amoruccio has raised over $11,000 to help with his medical expenses.
Marquez said after he pays off his medical bills, he plans to donate the money to charity. Marquez is also looking for the cab driver who picked him up following the attack. The decorated veteran would like to reward him after he was unable to pay the driver for his safe ride after his wallet was stolen in the attack.