Dunkin’ Donuts employee charged with manslaughter for fatal punch of customer who allegedly used racial slur

A Florida man who allegedly punched a customer at Dunkin’ Donuts, causing him to fall back and hit his head in a fatal blow, has been charged with manslaughter.

Corey Pujols, 27, was working at the Tampa store when a 77-year-old customer came in to complain about the drive-thru service, according to WFLA. During a “verbal altercation,” the customer allegedly used a racial slur, at which point Pujols “challenged” him to repeat it.

When the man said it again, Pujols allegedly punched the man in the jaw, knocking him backwards.

Corey Pujols
Corey Pujols (Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office)

The customer was hospitalized and pronounced dead two days later, on May 7.

Pujols was originally arrested for battery on an elderly or disabled adult and released on bail the next day, according to online jail records. After the victim died, he was re-arrested and charged with aggravated manslaughter of an elderly or disabled adult with a weapon.

A spokesperson for Dunkin’ told WFLA the company is “deeply saddened” by the incident and that the franchise owner is fully cooperating with police.