Man hunt is underway for gunman who fatally shot Dunkin’ Donuts manager in the head during early morning store robbery
- Philadelphia police are trying to find a suspect who killed a Dunkin’ Donuts store manager after robbing the store
- Surveillance footage shows the suspect forcing the female store manager inside, where she directs him to a safe in the kitchen and ultimately hands him cash
- The store manager, 41-year-old Christine Lugo, was allegedly shot in the head shortly thereafter and was pronounced dead on the scene
- The suspect is described as a black man in his late 30s to early 40s with a mustache and goatee who has a medium to stocky build
Philadelphia police are trying to track down a suspect who killed a Dunkin’ Donuts store manager after robbing the store.
Video surveillance shows a black man approach the store manager as she is about to open for the day at around 5.30a.m. Saturday and start to talk to her.
He is then seen grabbing her with his left hand, holding a revolver in his right, and forcing the victim inside the door.
The suspect fled the scene. He is described as a black man in his late 30s to early 40s with a mustache and goatee who has a medium to stocky build
Surveillance footage shows a man approaching the store manager as she was about to open up the Dunkin’ Donuts in Philadelphia on Saturday morning and pushing her inside
She brings him to a kitchen, where he appears to try to open up a safe
The footage later cuts to the store manager sitting in a supply closet with a cash drawer on her lap, handing the suspect an undisclosed amount of money
The footage later cuts to the two in a supply closet, where the manager sits on a box with the cash drawer on her lap.
She hands the man an undisclosed amount of money, which he puts in his left pants pocket and checks his watch.
The store manager was shot in the head at 5:51 a.m., the Philadelphia Inquirer reports, and was pronounced dead six minutes later when police arrived on the scene. The suspect had fled the scene, police report.
The victim has been identified as 41-year-old Christine Lugo, a mother of two and a grandmother with a ‘kind heart and smile, according to CBS 3 News.
The store manager, 41-year-old Christine Lugo, was found shot in the head shortly after the robbery. She was a mother of two and a grandmother
The Dunkin’ Donuts remained closed through Saturday as the investigation continued
‘She was an angel, a mother to all of us,’ Larry Evans, a store employee who joined a group of mourners outside the West Kensington store Saturday to pay homage to Lugo, told the Inquirer. ‘No matter who you are she’d give you the shirt off her back.’
Store regulars also said she always remembered their orders.
‘She was a special person,’ Gilberto Melendez, a former co-worker, told ABC News. ‘It’s crazy that somebody can just come and take somebody’s life like it’s nothing.’
The Dunkin’ Donuts corporation also said in a statement: ‘We are aware of the tragic incident that occurred at the Dunkin’ restaurant on Lehigh Street in Philadelphia. All of us at Dunkin’ are saddened to learn of the death of a restaurant manager and our thoughts go out to her family and friends.’
It added: ‘The franchise owner is cooperating fully with the local authorities in their investigation.’
Mourners gathered outside the store after hearing the news to pay homage to Lugo
Some dropped off letters, stuffed animals and balloons in her memory
One woman lit a prayer candle for Lugo with a private message on it
The suspect is described as a black man in his late 30s to early 40s with a mustache and goatee who has a medium to stocky build.
He was wearing a blue zip-up hooded sweater and gray cargo sweatpants with light gray New Balance sneakers at the time of the robbery and murder with an analog watch on his right wrist, blue gloves and a facemask.
Police are offering a $20,000 reward for any information that could lead to the suspect’s arrest and anyone with information should call the Homicide Unit at (215) 686 -3334 or the Department tip line at (315) 686 – TIPS.
Alternatively, tips can be sent to [email protected] or texted to PPDTIP.