Detroit police say a 20-year-old fast food restaurant employee who punched a 67-year-old customer could face criminal charges after the man fell and later died. Police spokesman Yvette Walker says the older man was reportedly causing a disturbance Thursday afternoon at a Burger King on the city’s east side, tried to hit the employee and the employee swung back. Police say the punch may have caused the elderly man to choke on his dentures.
The man died at a hospital. Walker says an autopsy will determine cause of death. Police say the employee was being held Friday and information would be submitted to prosecutors for review. Burger King spokeswoman Denise Wilson says Friday company officials were aware of the incident and the franchise owner was cooperating with police.
A group of students walking to Wilkins Elementary School made a gruesome discovery this morning on Detroit’s east side: A burning body.
The Detroit News reports homicide investigators and members of the Detroit Fire Department’s arson squad arrived on the scene to find “charred remains on a snow-covered berm” near Nashville Street between Barlow and Racine.
Dec. 6, DetNews.com: The berm was directly in front of a burned-out building in a neighborhood rife with vacant lots, graffiti-covered homes and burned structures.
Three tires were positioned around the body to hold down a sheet that had been placed over the victim by investigators. Not much more is known at this time as the investigation continues. The incident is believed to have happened this morning between 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. this morning.
Local residents told the newspaper some people snapped photos of the burning body with their cellphones, and one woman told Fox 2 a group of school children discovered the body this morning before someone covered it up.
“They ran to the school screaming, crying that they found a body on the sidewalk here that was on fire,” she said.
Authorities have not identified the victim, but neighbors said it appeared the person was either beaten or shot before being set on fire.
Last week, Detroit police discovered a female body in a burning minivan on the city’s northeast side. Investigators identified the victim as a Pontiac teen, and they believe she was killed in Oakland County before her body was dumped in Detroit.