Tampa, Florida – A Dunkin’ employee was charged Tuesday with aggravated manslaughter after police say he fatally punched a 77-year-old customer who allegedly called him a racial slur, according to Fox News. Tampa police said the incident occurred at about 1:30 p.m. on May 4th.
Corey Pujols, 27, is accused of punching the man who fell back and slammed his head, the report said. The report, citing investigators, said the 77-year-old was annoyed at the service at the location and had been asked to leave.
The man entered the location and reportedly confronted Pujols. He allegedly called Pujols a racial slur, and when Pujols challenged him to say it again, the customer allegedly did. Pujol’s then allegedly punched the man.
The man, who was not identified in the arrest report, died two days later, the report said. The Tampa Bay Times reported that Pujols allegedly told police that the man is a regular there and was “extremely rude.”
Authorities reviewed surveillance footage and it appeared the man hit the back of his head on the ground. An autopsy showed a skull fracture and brain contusions.
Pujols was charged with aggravated manslaughter of an elderly adult.