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Video Shows Suspect Pistol-Whipping Dunkin' Donuts Employee After Police Said He Got Wrong Coffee

The pistol-whipping happened during a fight recorded on surveillance video



    (Published Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013)

    Video released by authorities on Wednesday shows an irate customer pistol-whipping a Florida Dunkin’ Donuts employee during a fight after authorities said he was given the wrong coffee order.

    Employee Rajay Hall said that when Jeffrey Wright, 27, and his wife Alexis Longo, 22, of Plantation came through the drive-thru, he provided the wrong flavored coffee. He said he offered to fix the mistake.

    "I asked them what do they want in the coffee. She was like I don't know – like, just make back the coffee," Hall said, adding that Longo was cursing at him.

    Wright struck Hall multiple times against his head with his 9mm Taurus Slim handgun, Lauderhill Police said in a probable cause affidavit. He faces a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon for hitting the employee in the incident, which happened early Tuesday afternoon at the Dunkin’ Donuts at 7125 W. Oakland Park Boulevard, the affidavit said.

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    Broward Circuit Judge John Hurley ordered Wright held on $20,000 bond Wednesday.

    Police said that after Wright received his coffee, the couple went inside. Hall said Longo threatened to punch him in the face. When he said go ahead, she allegedly lunged at him. That is when Wright allegedly punched Hall.

    Habersham County Sheriff Office

    The ensuing fight went on for two minutes. The manager was in between Wright and Hall amid the flurry of punches, surveillance video shows. Longo was also involved in the fight, the affidavit said.

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    While police initially said that the video showed Wright hitting the manager in the head with his gun, Hall said it was him being pistol-whipped.

    Wright's firearm was loaded with seven bullets in the magazine and one in the chamber, the affidavit said.

    "It was busy at 1:00 in the afternoon. Several of them do indicate that the wife did mention that he should shoot the actual manager,” Lauderhill Police spokesman Lt. Mike Butkus said.

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    Customers jumped in to break up the fight, and police said the situation had the potential to get really ugly.

    "(He) does have a concealed weapons permit and is licensed to be armed, but enters the gun in the situation by striking the victim with the gun,” Butkus said of Wright.

    Longo, who is charged with battery, is being held on $1,000 bond, online jail records said.

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