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TAMPA — A Dunkin’ employee faces a manslaughter charge after punching a customer who then fell, hit his head and later died, police say.

The single punch that led to the arrest of 27-year-old Corey Pujols was thrown May 4 at the Dunkin’ store in the Marathon gas station at 410 S 50th St., just south of the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway, according to an arrest report. Pujols told police the man called him a racial slur.

Police and fire rescue crews were called to the store about 1:30 p.m. 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.

The man’s name is not included in the arrest report. The Tampa Police Department does not release the names of crime victims due to the department’s interpretation of Marsy’s Law, a voter-approved amendment to the state Constitution that was meant to protect crime victims but that deprives the public of information long available under Florida’s public records law.

According to information released Monday in a Tampa police news release, the man first went through the drive-thru window and became upset about the service. Employees asked him to leave. Instead, he parked his car, went inside the building and began arguing with Pujols, according to police.

Pujols told police that the man was a regular customer, was “extremely rude” that day and called Pujols a racial slur, according to the arrest report. Pujols, who is Black, said he asked the man to repeat what he said, and he uttered the same slur. Pujols said he punched the man once in the face, causing him to fall, the report said. The slur is not included in the report.

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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Police initially arrested Pujols on a charge of battery on a person older than 65. Jail records in that arrest list him as the Dunkin’ store’s manager. He was released the next day after posting $2,000 bail.

The customer died at Tampa General on Friday. An autopsy showed he had a skull fracture and brain contusions as a result of blunt trauma to the head. A doctor at the Hillsborough Medical Examiner’s Office told police the death would be ruled a homicide.

Police obtained a warrant for Pujols’ arrest on a charge of aggravated manslaughter of a person older than 65, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison. Jail records show he was arrested on Friday at his apartment on West Hillsborough Avenue. He was being held Tuesday without bail. Records show the court has appointed Pujols a public defender.

“We are deeply saddened by the incident at our franchised restaurant in Tampa,” a Dunkin’s spokesperson said in an emailed statement. “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.”

The statement did not address a question from the Times about Pujols’ current employment status with the company.

Formerly known as Dunkin’ Donuts, the company changed its name in 2018, dropping “Donuts” from its moniker.

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Alabama corrections officer placed on leave after video shows him beating distressed inmate

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US Department of Justice has an ongoing civil lawsuit against Alabama over conditions in the state prisons

An Alabama corrections officers has been placed on leave following a video that appears to show him beating a distressed inmate who had climbed to the edge of a roof.

The video, circulating on social media, shows what appears to be a distressed inmate on the edge of a roof at a building at Elmore Correctional Facility, while a group of prison staff look at him from the ground. An officer walks across the roof and drags the inmate back from the edge. The officer then appears to punch the inmate several times once he is away from the edge.

Officer Ell White has been placed on mandatory leave pending investigation, a spokesperson for the Alabama Department of Corrections wrote in an email.

The prison system said Jimmy K. Norman, a 44-year-old inmate, “had climbed on top of the facility chapel, prompting Officer White and other correctional officers to attempt to escort Norman off the roof.”

The Law Enforcement Services Division of the Alabama Department of Corrections is investigating the incident and response by the staff involved, the prison system said.

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The U.S. Department of Justice has an ongoing civil lawsuit against Alabama over conditions in the state prisons, saying the state is failing to protect male inmates from inmate-on-inmate violence and excessive force at the hands of prison staff.

The 2020 lawsuit alleges that conditions in the prison system — which the Justice Department called one of the most understaffed and violent in the country — are so poor that they violate the ban on cruel and unusual punishment and that state officials are “deliberately indifferent” to the problems. Alabama officials have acknowledged problems in the prison system, but are disputing the Justice Department’s accusations.

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Chicago man allegedly beat and robbed victim, then pushed them onto train tracks

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Chicago police said the man seen on camera pushed another person onto the train tracks late Thursday night

A Chicago man allegedly beat and robbed a victim on Thursday and then pushed that person onto a set of train tracks.

The incident happened on the city’s West Side on Thursday night at around 11:51 p.m. at the Green Line Conservatory/Central Park stop.

Police said that the man pictured in a red shirt and purple hat beat and robbed a person, then pushed them onto the train tracks.

Officials are still investigating the incident and are asking any individuals with knowledge of the incident to call (312) 745-4706.

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A CTA spokesperson previously told Fox News Digital that security guards are being placed in areas based on recent incidents that have occurred.

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Georgia rape suspect arrested using location sharing app, alligator sign

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The rape suspect allegedly pulled into a Georgia state park and assaulted the young victim at knife point

A West Virginia man was arrested in Georgia for rape after the victim was able to notify authorities of her location using a smartphone application and an alligator sign.

According to Coweta County, Georgia, authorities, a 17-year-old girl met suspect Dalton Ramsey online. He offered to drive her to see her boyfriend in Pennsylvania last week. But after picking her up, he instead stopped at B.T. Brown Reservoir Park, bound her hands with tape and sexually assaulted her at knife point.

“Somewhere along there, their ride to Pennsylvania, they pulled off in Coweta County, and he rapes her at knife point, and we were able to confirm the incident happened inside Coweta County,” Coweta County Sheriff’s Investigator Toby Nix said.

Investigators said Ramsey allowed the victim to use her smartphone, which she used to tip off authorities to her location.

Dalton Ramsey was arrested in Georgia for rape after the victim was able to notify authorities of her location using a smartphone application and an alligator sign.

The girl first shared her location with her boyfriend. Investigators said her boyfriend did a quick Google search to discover an online image of an alligator warning sign for boaters at the reservoir. She confirmed she had seen the sign outside the closed park.

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She then used an app called Noonlight once she and Ramsey were back on the road. Noonlight began tracking her phone and alerted authorities of her location. Within the app, the girl typed in “rape” and a description of the vehicle.

Investigators said Ramsey had allowed the victim to use her smartphone, which she used to tip authorities of her location.

Investigators said surveillance footage showed Ramsey’s car outside the park.

Ramsey was pulled over and arrested on September 6 in Habersham County, where he was taken into custody on kidnapping charges. He will be extradited to Coweta County for additional charges.

Investigators said the victim’s boyfriend did a quick Google search to discover an online image of an alligator warning sign for boaters at the reservoir.

The Coweta County Sheriff’s Office is charging him with rape, kidnapping, aggravated assault with a weapon and possession of a knife during the commission of a crime.

The victim has been reunited with her family, authorities said.

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