Restaurant manager who lost eye speaks after alleged attacker arrested

A 20-year-old man was arrested Monday for allegedly beating the manager of an Antioch burger restaurant so viciously that she lost an eye last month.

Antioch police said the suspect, Issac White-Carter, was arrested Monday morning at his Hayward home without incident.

White-Carter was wanted in the Nov. 12 assault on Bianca Palomera, 19, that was captured on video. Palomera, an assistant manager at The Habit Burger Grill in Antioch, lost her right eye due to repeated punches by the man, officials said.

Palomera had told the attacker to leave because he was bullying an autistic teenage boy.

"I felt a little bit relieved. There's a lot of thoughts that go in my head. This person is clearly unsafe," Palomera said following the arrest. "He should be off the streets. Not around people."

Another worry is retaliation from either the suspect or his supporters. 

Police Detective John Cox said he interviewed the suspect. He said White-Carter admitted to being at the crime scene and being involved. Cox declined to say why the suspect had been arrested in Antioch last year. 


Photograph of Isaac White-Carter

Doctors had to perform emergency surgery on Palomera's right eye but were unable to save it. Palomera said doctors will put in a prosthetic eye once the wound heals, but that she suffers from headaches. 

Palomera said she endured two racial slurs during the attack in addition to misogynistic degradation: being called the "b-word." 

She said she doesn't regret defending the boy who was allegedly being bullied by the suspect, but that she has anger about what happened. 

Following the assault, she had previously told KTVU, "Honestly, it's all really just still new to me. I don't think I have fully processed it or even began to process it. I'm just trying to move forward with my eye." 

Now, she said she plans on going back to school to pursue a medical career. 

"It completely derailed my life. There are a lot of struggles, but I have to move around them," she said. 

White-Carter is being charged with felony mayhem and aggravated assault causing great bodily injury, police said. His bail is set at $225,000. He's being held at the Martinez Detention Facility. 

Palomera said she plans on attending White-Carter's court hearings in this case.