Dunkin’ Donuts worker ‘killed rude customer with punch for being racist’
A Dunkin' employee has been accused of killing a 77-year-old customer in Florida, US.
Corey Pujols, 27, told police he punched the "extremely rude" man for repeating a racial slur against him, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
He was arrested on suspicion of aggravated manslaughter after the elderly man died in hospital.
Pujols reportedly told cops that the man had been “extremely rude” the day of the altercation and called him a racial slur.
When he confronted the customer about the slur, the man responded by repeating it, police said.
Pujols then punched the customer in the face, causing the man to fall and hit his head on the concrete floor, authorities said.
Police and fire rescue crews were called to the store about 1.30pm and found a 77-year-old man unconscious and bleeding from the head.
Paramedics took the man to Tampa General Hospital, where he was placed in intensive care.
Authorities initially arrested Pujols on a charge of battery on a person older than 65 at the Dunkin’ store in Marathon on May 4.
The store’s surveillance system captured video of the punch.
The video shows the customer didn’t touch Pujols, and that the man appeared to hit the back of his head on the concrete floor after Pujols punched him, according to the report.
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A warrant was issued to arrest Pugols on the aggravated manslaughter charge after the victim died at Tampa General on Friday, the newspaper reported.
If convicted of the charge, he faces up to 30 years in prison.
An autopsy showed the alleged victim, who was a regular customer at the store, had a skull fracture and brain contusions as a result of blunt trauma to the head.
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A doctor at the Hillsborough Medical Examiner’s Office told police the death would be ruled a homicide.
Dunkin’ said in a statement that they were “deeply saddened by the incident” at the franchise.
“The franchisee, who independently owns and operates this restaurant, is fully cooperating with the local authorities.
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"As this is an ongoing investigation, we defer any additional questions to the police,” a company spokesperson said.
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