New York couple convicted in assault of teenage Sesame Street employee

A Bucks County jury found a New York couple guilty on Friday of assaulting a 17-year-old Sesame Place employee last summer, leaving the teen with several injuries, including a broken jaw.

Authorities say that both Troy McCoy, 40, and Shakerra Bonds, 32, were at the theme park on Aug. 9, 2020 when the assault happened. 

According to authorities, the teen spotted McCoy waiting in line for a ride and asked him to wear his mask. Mask-wearing was the police at the theme park at the time, but McCoy became angry and began yelling at the teenaged employee. The teen walked away to avoid a confrontation. 

Hours later, the employee again encountered McCoy, who was with Bonds, at another ride. McCoy got off that ride and threatened to teach the employee a lesson. During that confrontation, both McCoy and Bonds struck the employee in the face, knocking him to the ground.

While on the ground, the teen lost consciousness and McCoy continued to strike him.  Several witnesses described the attack on the teen as a "sucker punch." 

McCoy, of Bronx, N.Y., was found guilty of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, simple assault, harassment, and disorderly conduct. 

Bonds also from Bronx, N.Y., was found guilty of simple assault and disorderly conduct. The verdict comes after a 4-day trial before President Judge Wallace H. Bateman Jr. in the Bucks County Court of Common Pleas. 

Bateman ordered a pre-sentence investigation for McCoy and Bonds. After the verdict, McCoy’s bail was revoked, and Bonds was ordered held on $250,000 bail, 10 percent. 



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