NYC McDonald’s ax man Michael Palacios speaks out

The accused maniac, who went on an ax rampage at a McDonald’s on the Lower East Side, says he wasn’t trying to hurt anyone — he was just teaching them a lesson.

Michael Palacios, a 31-year-old messenger from Manhattan, said in an interview that he was simply trying to scare McDonald’s customers, who hit him early Friday when he pulled a “tomahawk” from his backpack and started swinging it .

“My intention was not to hurt anyone,” Palacios told ABC News. “My intention wasn’t to put anyone in the hospital or to dice anyone.

“The reason I pulled out the hatchet was, ‘Ok, I’m going to get my revenge on these guys,'” Palacios told the outlet. ‘I’ll make sure they don’t jump at me again.’ “

Cell phone footage of the killing spree at the Delancey Street fast food restaurant just before 2:30 a.m. Friday shows Palacios trying to speak to a woman inside the restaurant.

An Uber Eats driver, who filmed the incident on his phone, said Palacios got angry when the woman “rebuffed” him.

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“My intention was not to hurt anyone,” claimed Michael Palacios.

But Palacios, who reportedly admitted to ABC he was drinking at the time, only mentioned to the outlet that the incident happened after a security guard refused his request to use the restroom. Palacios claimed he got into an argument with a client, and things went wrong from there.

According to the Uber Eats driver and the video, three guests jumped and punched him.

Palacios then drew the ax and smashed the restaurant.

“I was waiting for them to finish what they were doing and I just did what I wanted to do,” he told ABC. “The most important thing is not to be afraid to defend yourself.”

Palacios said he carried the ax in his backpack because of his work as a messenger.

“I’m always out on the road, so I’m actually always dealing with drivers, which is what the Tomahawk is for,” he said. “It’s not for humans. It’s for trees and, you know, vehicles.”

After his Friday morning tirade, Palacios left the restaurant on his bicycle but was arrested by nearby police on Ludlow Street.

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Cell phone footage shows Michael Palacios trying to speak to a woman in the restaurant.

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Michael Palacios pulled an ax from his backpack.

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Michael Palacios said he tried to scare McDonald’s customers who hit him.

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Michael Palacios said he carried the ax in his backpack because of his work as a messenger.

He was charged with criminal mischief and gun possession late Friday and was released without bail, Manhattan prosecutors said. None of the charges against him were eligible under the controversial bail reform laws.

Palacios, asked by ABC if he wanted the three McDonald’s customers who allegedly assaulted him first to be charged, said he didn’t think it was necessary.

“You don’t have to be in jail for a lesson,” he said. “I hope the fear they felt that night is enough to never attack anyone again.”

Additional reporting by Reuven Fenton NYC McDonald’s ax man Michael Palacios speaks out


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