Posted on January 5, 2024

Pastor Accused of Pushing Cook’s Head Toward Deep Fryer in McDonald’s Assault

Jason Kandel, Law & Crime, January 2, 2024

North Carolina pastor allegedly tried shoving a McDonald’s cook into a fryer after the pastor’s wife, a manager in training, had called him saying she was being disrespected.

Dwayne Waden, 57, faces charges of assault in the attack on the 34-year-old cook.

Dwayne Waden

Dwayne Waden

The drama happened on Dec. 28 at the eatery at 2738 S. Main Street in High Point. Waden’s wife called him, saying she was being disrespected.

A police report obtained by Law&Crime alleging asphyxiation, that the victim was held down and was hit and struck, outlines the allegations.

Witnesses said the suspect came into the McDonald’s, walked around the counter, and placed his hands around the neck of the victim, pushing his head toward the deep fryer, the report said.

“The offender also punched the offender several times on the face, and did not stop until several employees pulled the offender off of the victim,” the document read. “The victim suffered a large contusion to the forehead and right eye, along with scratches on his neck.”


Waden was arrested. Restaurant video captured the incident, police said.

Freed from custody on bond, Waden described to local CBS affiliate WFMY-TV how he said it went down after the worker came up from behind, “mouthing off at me and disrespecting my wife.”