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Coffee cup thrower charged
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Joshua Emery Noel - provided by the Kershaw County Detention Center

The young man seen in a security video throwing a cup of coffee at a 16-year-old employee of the McDonald’s on Wall Street in Camden on Dec. 21, 2018, is now charged with second-degree assault and battery.

In a press release issued around noon Friday along with an updated copy of the original incident report, Camden Police Department (CPD) officials identified the man as Joshua Emery Noel, 29, of Oakland Drive, Fayetteville, N.C.

A warrant for Noel’s arrest was issued Jan. 11.

“Noel was identified by numerous individuals, who contacted the police department directly and through CrimeStoppers,” CPD Det. R. Dallas Rabon said in the press release. “Noel surrendered to law enforcement at the Camden Police Department on (Wednesday) to have the warrant served on him.”

Rabon said during an interview, Noel admitted to throwing the coffee at the McDonald’s employee. He said a judge set a cash/surety bond of $7,500, which was paid, allowing Noel to be released.

A week ago, the CPD provided a copy of a Dec. 21, 2018, report, along with a video of the incident. The department did so after running a lead that did not result in positively identifying a suspect.

Noel is accused of throwing a fresh cup of coffee at the teenage female McDonald’s employee while sitting in his car in the drive-through line at the Wall Street location near I-20. The girl did not suffer any injuries and refused treatment, officers noted in their report.

The victim said the man -- now identified as Noel -- drove up in a red Ford Focus and asked for a large order of fries and saying he was unsatisfied with the service because he had to wait too long. He reportedly asked to speak to the manager, which the girl tried to facilitate.

Noel ultimately called the teenager back to the window and, after having removed the lid to the coffee, threw the cup at her.

(Read original story and watch the video of the alleged incident here.)