Monday, January 31, 2005

Would you like glass with that?

McDonald's employee tries to kill a NYPD officer by putting glass in his food:

When a veteran cop bit into his dinner from a Bronx McDonald's, he realized he was given a decidedly un-Happy Meal - his Big Mac was stuffed with shards of glass.

As the K-9 unit cop was rushed to the hospital with cuts to his mouth and throat and a broken tooth, a cop-hating fast-food cook was arrested, police said yesterday.

"Tampering with food in a case like this is an assault as sure as an attack with a knife or a gun," said an outraged Patrick Lynch, head of the Patrolman's Benevolent Association.

The 39-year-old cop, a 17-year veteran of the NYPD, had stopped at the McDonald's at 875 Garrison Ave. at 11:30p.m. Saturday to pick up a dinner while he took his NYPD dog for exercise on Randalls Island, police sources said.

He ordered the $5.19 Extra Value Meal No.1. When he bit into the Big Mac, he hit glass.

Coughing blood, he called for help and was treated at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, police said.

Hours later, a sting operation was cooked up to catch the culprit, sources said. As a marked police car used the McDonald's drive-through, an undercover cop inside the restaurant saw Albert Garcia, 18, spit in his sandwich, the sources said.

Garcia was arrested and later confessed to planting the glass after deciding he "wanted to hurt someone" that day, the sources said.

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