Couple In Sesame Place Assault Over Masks To Stand Trial, DA Says

Shakerra Bonds, 31, and Troy McCoy, 39. Photos via Bucks County District Attorney's Office.

A Bucks County judge has found there is enough evidence against a Bronx, NY couple to proceed to trial. They faces charges for the alleged assault of a Sesame Place employee.

The vicious attack in August left the 17-year-old worker with a broken jaw. He needed double jaw surgery then spent nearly a week recovering at St. Mary Medical Center.

Troy McCoy, 39, faces several charges including aggravated assault and reckless endangerment. McCoy also resisted arrest and barricaded himself in his home when the U.S. Marshals Service tried to execute a warrant, according to authorities.

His partner Shakerra Bonds, 31, allegedly participated in the attack against the victim as well. Bonds also attacked a female employee when she tried to intervene in the assault, according to court documents.

The Bucks County District Attorney’s Office says the attack came after a dispute over wearing masks within the park.

Sesame Place has had its mask policy in place since reopening in July. It requires all guests to wear masks with few exceptions, like for customers eating.

Reports say the 17-year-old employee noticed McCoy was not wearing a mask while waiting in line for a ride. McCoy became confrontational and yelled at the employee, who walked away.

But a few hours later, the employee and McCoy crossed paths again. This time, McCoy and Bonds were together.

The couple allegedly got out of line and McCoy threatened to teach the victim a lesson, according to police. Bonds then got “nose to nose” with the employee.

While the victim tried backing up, Bonds kept advancing. She then allegedly threw the first two punches.

McCoy then hit the victim in the back of the head, according to a criminal complaint. The employee lost consciousness and fell to the ground.

Witnesses described McCoy’s attack as a “sucker punch.” As the victim laid on the ground, authorities say McCoy continued to attack him.

A Go Fund Me page to cover the victim’s medical expenses has raised more than $40,000. McCoy remains in Bucks County Correctional Facility in lieu of $500,000 bail.