Man accused of burning McDonald’s employee released from Miami-Dade jail

Victim tells Local 10 News ordeal started with dispute over breakfast order

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – The 64-year-old man who was caught on video attacking a McDonald’s employee in Miami Springs because he was allegedly upset over a penny was released from jail on Tuesday.

This coming as the victim spoke to Local 10 News about what happened.

Elizar Ravelo admitted to detectives that he was angry over the price when he struck a hot coffee while a woman was holding it — burning her arm and face — on Aug. 25, at 4999 NW 36 St., records show.

Prosecutors filed a felony case against Ravelo for battery on Tuesday after Miami Springs police officers arrested him on Monday over the attack at the restaurant’s drive-thru window.

On Tuesday, Local 10 News spoke to McDonald’s employee Stephanie Restuccia, who was left with burns following the ordeal.

“He starts insulting me, yelling at the guy in the back,” she said. “When I brought the coffee, he slapped it out of my hand and it goes everywhere, all over me.”

Miami-Dade County correctional officers booked Ravelo at about 2:25 p.m., at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center. He appeared in bond court on Tuesday morning.

A judge set his bond at $5,000 and ordered him to stay away from the victim, records show. Miami-Dade County Circuit Judge Tanya Brinkley is set to preside over the case.

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