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A Dunkin’ store employee fatally punched an elderly customer in Florida because the man allegedly used a racial slur against him, police said.
Corey Pujols, 27, was arrested Tuesday on an aggravated manslaughter charge in connection to the fatal confrontation May 4 at the Dunkin’ store where he works in Marathon, the Tampa Bay Times reported.
The employee, who is black, told authorities that the 77-year-old man had been “extremely rude” the day of the altercation and called him a racial slur.
When Pujols confronted the man 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.
Authorities initially arrested Pujols on a charge of battery on a person older than 65.
A warrant was issued to arrest Pujols on the aggravated manslaughter charge after the victim died at Tampa General on Friday, the newspaper reported.
If convicted of the charge, Pujols faces up to 30 years in prison.
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. As this is an ongoing investigation, we defer any additional questions to the police,” a company spokesperson told the Tampa Bay Times.
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