Authorities have charged a man and woman from New York City with assaulting two Sesame Place employees. The attack reportedly began when one of the victims tried reminded his assailants to wear masks inside the park.
The U.S. Marshals Service executed an arrest warrant at the Bronx home of Troy McCoy, 39, Wednesday morning. He allegedly barricaded himself inside his residence and resisted arrest.
Police say McCoy assaulted a 17-year-old employee at Sesame Place in Langhorne on August 9.
Since reopening last month, Sesame Place has required all guests to wear masks when inside the park. This extends to all guests with few exceptions.
However, McCoy and members of the group he was with at the park were not wearing masks. When the employee told McCoy’s group they would have to wear masks, they attacked him.
A fellow staff member tried to intervene, but another member of McCoy’s group punched them as well. Police say Shakerra Bonds, 31, is responsible for this assault.
The 17-year-old employee suffered a fractured jaw during the attack. His injuries required double jaw surgery and the removal of a tooth. He spent nearly a full week recovering at St. Mary Medical Center.
McCoy and Bonds live together, however Bonds is not yet in custody.
Sesame Place released a statement Wednesday morning about the arrest.
“We’re relieved that the individuals responsible for injuring our team member have been identified and arrested. We want to thank the law enforcement agencies involved for their quick actions and support. We have issued a lifetime ban to the individuals involved for all of our parks across the country. The safety of our team members and guests remains our top priority.”
A close family friend of the victim has created a Go Fund Me page to cover medical expenses.
“This is an extremely difficult, overwhelming, and unexplainable time as family and friends are praying for justice and healing,” the page states.
As of Wednesday afternoon, it has generated more than $7,000.