Michael Palacios: NYC McDonald's ax-wielder busted again for allegedly spray-painting graffiti in Brooklyn

Michael Palacios: NYC McDonald's ax-wielder busted again for allegedly spray-painting graffiti in Brooklyn
The video which went viral in September showed Michael Palacios approaching several patrons with his ax but did not cause any injury to them (@ontheblockwithsoho/Instagram, @McgooShakes/Twitter)

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK CITY: The man who attacked a Manhattan McDonald's with an ax has been caught again, this time for allegedly spray-painting graffiti in Brooklyn and stealing a high-end bike to try to elude police. During a dispute with other customers in September, Michael Palacios was seen on surveillance footage smashing up a busy fast-food restaurant on the Lower East Side.

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According to police sources, Palacios was approached by officers at around 5.40 pm Sunday, October 9 after he was spotted spray-painting graffiti behind 69 Second Ave in Gowanus. Police sources said that the 31-year-old ran, grabbed a bicycle from the front of a coffee shop, and attempted to ride away before being apprehended, reported New York Post.

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The $3,500 blue bike was damaged during the chase, according to sources. They also said that the Manhattan resident Palacios was discovered to be in possession of graffiti-related equipment at the time. According to sources, police also charged Palacios with being responsible for a June graffiti incident at the Broad Channel subway station in Queens.

New York Post reported that Palacios was accused of grand larceny, two counts of criminal mischief, possession of the stolen property, making graffiti, and possession of graffiti instruments. Additionally, he was charged with counts of making graffiti and possession of graffiti instruments in relation to the summer graffiti incident. A source said on Monday, October 10 that he was released without bail.

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It was reported earlier by MEAWW that the NYC ax-wielder said his rampage was meant to scare the McDonald’s patrons who allegedly punched him during an altercation. He went on to explain why he prefers his “tomahawk” to a gun. "Think about it. If you only think that the thing you can protect yourself with is a gun, we’re all going to go to f*****g jail,” he said, according to New York Post. “With a hatchet, I have my options — throw it or just smash a f*****g table. With a gun. all you do is shoot." "I’m not unhinged," He also said, "I’m not psychotic. I just did what anybody would do when being pummeled. What would you do? Take out your phone and call 911?" he said. He added, "I’m not a loose canon. I don’t think just because I’m angry and going through some s**t I’m going to hurt other people. … People are saying, 'Oh, these guys are lucky.’ It had nothing to do with luck. It’s not luck that they didn’t get chopped up. I didn’t chop them up because I didn’t want to." Palacios said at that time that he was already upset as he lost his job at a local brewery earlier in the day “for tardiness". He called it a “tough day overall". After the incident, Palacios was arrested by cops nearby on Ludlow Street. He was arraigned on charges of criminal mischief and weapons possession and later released without bail, according to Manhattan prosecutors.

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