LOS ANGELES – Activist Najee Ali shared a post on social media alerting the public to the arrest of a woman who attacked a teen in a local McDonald’s.
“An arrest has been made and we are waiting for more details from the Los Angeles Police Department,” said Najee Ali, when reached by phone.
LAPD confirmed Ariana Lauifi, 31, was arrested today and booked on one count of felony child abuse. Her bail is set at $100,000.
The family released the following statement through Ali.
“The family of Kassidy Jones are extremely grateful that the LAPD has made an arrest of the woman who viciously beat Kassidy in an unprovoked attack inside McDonald’s. As McDonald’s managers and on lookers offered no help in stopping the assault.”
“Kassidy, is still traumatized and undergoing therapy. But hopefully this news will give her encouragement that justice will be served. Kassidy deserves a break today.”
The attack took place in Harbor City in the 1700 block of Lomita Blvd. on Sept. 6.
In the video, you can see the female attacker shove the teen girl to the ground, and then jump on top of her and repeatedly punch her in the face.
Kassidy and her friends were on their way home from school when they stopped inside the McDonald’s to use the restroom.
“They got some food and I was going to the bathroom,” Kassidy recalled.
But when she came out of the restroom, she says a woman she had never seen before suddenly lunged at her and began beating her.
Jones’ mother was outraged that people stood around video recording instead of helping her.
“They’re looking and they’re videotaping her just getting beat up and no one tried to stop it [including] the employees, the customers,” said Angelina Gray, Kassidy’s mother. “You don’t just sit there and watch someone beat another person. How can you sleep at night?”
LAPD is planning a press conference scheduled for later today to provide more details on today’s arrest.