ROCKVILLE, Maryland — An on-duty, uniformed Montgomery County police officer was assaulted while waiting in line at a Chipotle restaurant in Rockville. The suspect, Nyziere London, age 21, of Coatesville, Pennsylvania, was arrested and charged with second-degree assault and resisting arrest.
Thursday evening at approximately 6:48 p.m., the police officer was waiting in line to order food at the Chipotle Mexican Grill located at 14925 Shady Grove Road in Rockville. London walked in the restaurant, walked up to the officer, and without saying anything and without provocation, punched the officer in the face twice. London continued to punch at the officer’s body as the officer attempted to place London into custody. Another officer who was in the restaurant and paying for her food, heard the commotion and came to the first officer’s aid. Additional officers responded to the restaurant and London was placed under arrest.
London was transported to the Central Processing Unit and is being held without bond.
Detectives say there is no evidence that the officer had any previous interaction with London.
The male officer, a 26-year veteran of the force, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Chief Marcus Jones said of this assault on this officer, “Officers work hard every day to ensure that our community stays safe. Police work can often put officers in harm’s way, but I’m saddened that this unprovoked attack occurred while this officer was attempting to simply grab a quick bite to eat during his shift. This is another danger to our profession.”