TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Florida
prosecutors filed a manslaughter charge Friday against a Dunkin
' Donuts employee accused of fatally punching a 77-year-old customer after the employee claimed the man used a racial slur against him on multiple occasions.
, 27, was arrested earlier this month by Tampa police after the victim, who authorities have not named, was punched on May 4 and died three days later.
Pujols told police that the man was "extremely rude" the day of the punch and used a racial slur against him. Pujols, who is Black, said he confronted the man about the slur, and the 77-year-old repeated it.
According to a Tampa Police Department
report, the victim fell backward and hit his head on the concrete floor after being punched, and an autopsy revealed he had a skull fracture and brain
The victim's use of racial slurs was highly inflammatory, according to the State Attorney's Office, but inflammatory speech does not justify violence.
According to a Dunkin' Donuts statement, the franchisee who owns and operates the restaurant where the attack
occurred is fully cooperating with authorities.
Pujols is free on a $15,000 bond, and his attorneys did not respond immediately to an email seeking comment.