Who is Moe McLeod? Ex-Marine arrested for assaulting a woman with 'abolish ICE' sticker
ASTORIA, OREGON: A 57-year-old former Marine, Moe Darling McLeod, was arrested and booked for verbally and physically assaulting a shopper in Astoria, Oregon on August 8. Video footage taken by Alyssa Cuellar shows McLeod and her husband insulting her, reportedly for a bumper sticker she had on her car, with the words 'abolish ICE'. Cuellar uploaded the entire incident on Facebook before police intervened and arrested McLeod.
The attack by McLeod isn't an isolated incident. All over America, numerous cases have emerged of people attacking, both physically and verbally, others for their political opinions. In July, a Black woman was attacked by a White woman at a Victoria's Secret in New Jersey, leading the White woman to be dubbed 'Get her away from me Karen'. The same month, a woman in Las Vegas racially abused an Asian woman and punched her six-year-old. Earlier in March, a racist rant led to one woman in Arizona being tackled by Bath and Body Works staff.
We have also reported on numerous instances of people being attacked for wearing MAGA hats, showing the violence is not one-way. As America's politics gets more polarized, physical and verbal attacks are becoming far more frequent. Thanks to social media, they are also becoming easier to see and identify perpetrators. That's how we know McLeod was responsible. Cuellar uploaded her arrest record on Facebook after she was booked.
Who is Moe McLeod?
According to a press release, McLeod lives in Ilwaco, Washington. Reportedly, both she and her husband Vince are former Marines. International Business Times reported she is a "certified Feng Shui professional," but we could not confirm this. McLeod doesn't appear to have a Facebook page, so we could not learn more about her. Cuellar posted on Facebook that she "works with disabled children and has fired a previous employee of hers due to her getting vaccinated." Again, we could not confirm this information. It is believed the couple has a young disabled child, who was also at the scene of the assault.
We do know her husband worked as a realtor at Long Beach Realty in Long Beach Washington. He was however fired in 2020. "We would like to inform you all that over a year ago, Machelle took over Long Beach Realty and parted ways with Vince. Here at Long Beach Realty, we do not tolerate or agree with that type of behavior," the company said in a Facebook statement. It is unclear if he is employed elsewhere at the moment. Like his wife, Vince doesn't appear to have a public presence on social media so we could not learn more about him.
A search of both their names doesn't bring up any other arrests, or notable instances, making it likely that this is the first time they are in the news. An old article uploaded by Cuellar indicates the couple was married in July 2019, but we could not verify this as the link appears to have been taken down since. On August 8, Cuellar was shopping, when Vince passed her vehicle. Vince then yelled, "Abolish ice? F**k you ya little c**t," leading Cuellar to begin recording the couple. "Shortly after I started filming his wife, Moe, came out and began harassing me for my choice to film," Cuellar posted on Facebook. Video shows McLeod said, "'That my husband - he's a Marine. He's not going to touch your car, you little c**t." Cuellar then noticed their son and retorted, "Great example for your child."
McLeod asked Cuellar to stop recording, and added: "It's America, b***h!" McLeod then walks away as Cuellar tells a passerby "I didn't do anything, they just started harassing me for no f*****g reason." McLeod then turned around and punched Cuellar, knocking her to the ground. Cuellar said the assault "led to me being sore & beat up, along with her damaging my phone, along with physically attacking me and breaking my keys, along with my wallet and an attempt at breaking my glasses." Cuellar then runs back to her car and dials 911.
On August 11, McLeod was arrested and booked by the Astoria Police at the Clatsop County Jail. She faces charges of fourth-degree assault, disorderly conduct, and criminal mischief. The first is a felony, while the other two are misdemeanors. The Clatsop County District Attorney will prosecute the case. It is unclear when McLeod is due in court. Vince McLeod has not been arrested, according to reports.