Dunkin’ Donuts employee accused of murdering elderly man released on just $15K bond

TAMPA, FL – The 27-year-old Dunkin’ Donuts employee accused of throwing a fatal punch that killed a 77-year-old customer, who the alleged killer claims said a racial slur, was released from jail on a $15K bond on May 13th.

According to reports, 27-year-old Corey Pujols has bonded out of jail after having been charged with aggravated manslaughter of a person over the age of 65.

As we had previously reported, on May 4th, a 77-year-old man went to the Dunkin’ Donuts store that is reportedly located inside of the Marathon gas station at 410 S 50th in Tampa.

Initially the elderly man went through the drive-thru window of the Dunkin’ Donuts and had apparently gotten irate over the level of customer service he was receiving.

Reports claim that the elderly man was asked to leave the store following the dispute at the drive-thru.

But apparently, the elderly man opted to park his vehicle in the parking lot and go inside of the store, where he’d allegedly gotten into a verbal altercation with Pujols. The victim had allegedly used a racial slur during the verbal exchange.

Admittedly, Pujols said told police that he punched the 77-year-old man in the face in response to the racial slur which then caused the man to fall to the ground.

Police say that surveillance footage from the incident showed that the elderly man didn’t touch Pujols, but when the suspect punched the elderly man, the victim’s head struck the concrete floor during his fall.

At the time, the suspect was initially arrested under charges of battery on a person older than 65. Days after the alleged battery incident, the elderly man passed away while at the hospital when he was being treated for the injury he’d sustained.

The Hillsborough Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the death a homicide due to a skull fracture and brain contusions that were the result of blunt force trauma to the head.

Not long thereafter, the charge against Pujols was upgraded, with the suspect now facing aggravated manslaughter of a person older than 65.

On May 13th, Pujols was released from custody after posting a $15K. Reportedly, Pujols was not just a Dunkin’ Donuts store employee but was the actual manager of that store location.

The family of Pujols had made several attempts to raise the funds needed for Pujols’ bond and legal defense via GoFundMe, but the crowdfunding website carries strict policies against creating campaigns to benefit those accused of violent crimes.

The sister of the accused killer, Leslie Pujols, instead took to Facebook to share her and her fiancé’s Cash App account details so that they could continue crowdfunding for Pujols’ bail and legal defense fund.

Leslie Pujols’ Facebook post pertaining to gathering donations for her brother’s legal defense hosts the hashtags “freeMybrother” and “FreeCoreyPujols”.

Apparently, the prosecution didn’t object to the Pujols’ legal defense asking for the low bond in the case. Hillsborough County Circuit Judge Catherine Catlin begrudgingly accepted the low bond amount, but shared the following sentiments regarding the granted release:

“Far be it for me to interfere with Mr. Pujols. It’s very fortunate for you because I believe your bond should be enhanced based on the facts of the [criminal report affidavit].”

According to Florida law, Pujols could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted of the charge he’s facing.

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In a previous editorial regarding the case, we at Law Enforcement Today showed how some are trying to justify the alleged actions of Pujols. 

Here’s that previous editorial regarding the case. 

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TAMPA, FL – A 27-year-old Dunkin’ Donuts employee was arrested after he allegedly punched a 77-year-old man that came inside of the store and purportedly said a racial slur toward him.

That 77-year-old man died reportedly as a result of the punch, according to police, and it is absolutely astonishing to see people commenting online in an attempt to justify killing someone over a bad word.

On May 4th, a 77-year-old man ventured to the Dunkin’ Donuts store that is inside of the Marathon gas station at 410 S 50th in Tampa.

This elderly man went through the drive thru window of the Dunkin’ Donuts and had apparently gotten upset over the service. Apparently, employees had asked the elderly man to leave.

However, this elderly individual parked his car and went inside of the building and began arguing with 27-year-old Corey Pujols – one of the employees at the Dunkin’ Donuts. Reportedly, this elderly man was being rude and had allegedly used a racial slur directed at Pujols.

Admittedly, Pujols said told police that he punched the 77-year-old man in the face in response to the racial slur which then caused the man to fall to the ground.

Police say that surveillance footage from the incident showed that the elderly man didn’t touch Pujols, but when the suspect punched the elderly man, the victim’s head struck the concrete floor during his fall.

At the time, the suspect was initially arrested under charges of battery on a person older than 65.

Yet, days after the incident, the elderly man died. The Hillsborough Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the death a homicide due to a skull fracture and brain contusions that were the result of blunt force trauma to the head.

In an unsurprising turn of events, Pujols was awarded some upgraded charges, with the suspect now facing aggravated manslaughter of a person older than 65.

Said charge in Florida is a first-degree felony, which a conviction of such can land someone in prison for as long as 30 years.

Now, for those with an IQ above room temperature, the above-mentioned synopsis seems to warrant an aggravated manslaughter charge, since most people realize that you can’t just punch somebody because they said something offensive.

Furthermore, those that know how to exist within a civilized society are aware that it is particularly egregious to punch a 77-year-old person.

But it’s 2021 and Twitter exists, so you had better believe that there are some smooth-brained people huffing opium and trying to justify (in numerous ways) the actions of this alleged killer.

Perhaps one of the dumbest takes I saw regarding this case is someone trying to cite Florida’s “stand your ground law” as a legal defense for the suspect. I’m not joking, this person put a screenshot of the Florida statute and genuinely believes that it applies to this scenario.

Now I think it goes without saying that hearing an offensive word at a Dunkin’ Donuts is not going to come anywhere close to falling under the protections outlined of lawful home protection when encountered with a deadly threat.

Then of course there are some that are trying to justify the actions of this alleged killer because the elderly victim said a bad word.

Oh, and wait until you see this one.

It is not quite a citation of a stand your ground defense, but someone tried saying that the suspect was protecting himself against harassment. Not only that, but this individual also went so far as to call the victim a criminal.

I can’t even believe it, but people are trying to turn this accused killer into a hashtag on Twitter, with some people suggesting that they put money on the suspect’s commissary account.

One person even went so far as to share a GoFundMe that was established for Pujols, that was quickly taken down by GoFundMe for violating their rules regarding fundraisers for people charged with violent crimes.

It only gets worse from there, with one person referring to the alleged killer as a “king” that “deserves probation.”

I am flabbergasted at how these folks are reaching so far to justify an elderly man being killed because he allegedly said a racial slur that upset a customer service employee to the point of committing a fatal assault.

Normal people in the service industry don’t attack customers – even when they’re being rude or saying racist things.

Oh, if you think it ended there you would be wrong, because then there are those online that are doing the whole “free Corey Pujols” nonsense and saying that the elderly victim “got what he deserved.”

Keep in mind, these are the same kinds of people that were likely screaming about justice for Jacob Blake or fighting an officer while resisting arrest shouldn’t result in a fatal outcome. 

But somehow, we have folks of that same caliber trying to normalize killing people over being incensed by words.

The mental gymnastics that people are going through in order to justify this killing is ridiculous and quite telling of how doomed our society is if this sort of logic becomes normalized and embedded into the mainstream.

One woman proclaimed that a white person using a racial epithet toward a black person can create a scenario in which someone reasonably fears for their life.

It is absolutely imperative that when faced with this level of mental debauchery to tell the person they are dumb; as in literally, just call them stupid.

Because they either have to be stupid or they’re just dying for a reason to create more excuses to act violently with impunity.

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