Antoine Kendrick: Wendy’s employee who punched 67-year-old customer charged with murder after man dies
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PRESCOTT VALLEY, ARIZONA: A Wendy’s employee, Antoine Kendrick, 35, has been arrested after punching a 67-year-old man to death. The employee faces charges of second-degree murder for the attack that took place around 4.45 pm on July 26.
According to Prescott Velley Police Department, "An altercation occurred at the restaurant in the 3000 block of Glassford Hill Road, Prescott Valley. A customer complained about his food order, at which time an employee came out from behind the service counter and struck the customer in the head. The customer fell to the floor, striking his head, and lost consciousness." After the assault, Kendrick was seen on surveillance footage walking behind the counter to get his belongings, then leaving. Surprised coworkers gathered near the site of the incident. The statement by the department, which was released on July 28, read, "The customer, a 67‐year‐old Dewey resident, was airlifted to a Valley hospital where he remains in critical condition. The employee, Antoine Kendrick, of Prescott, was arrested and booked on the charge of aggravated assault." However, the elderly man was pronounced dead on August 5, according to authorities.
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Arizona. Wendy’s employee got upset that the customer complained about his order. The customer died from his injuries. pic.twitter.com/TWlPGqpzNF— Joe Has Dementia (@RokerGlasses) August 16, 2022
Earlier this week an altercation occurred at a fast-food restaurant between customer & employee. The customer fell to the floor striking his head. He was then air-lifted to a hospital where he remains in critical condition. 👉 Full details: https://t.co/0IOmEcFHe2 pic.twitter.com/hnqCEfj9HA— Prescott Valley Police Department (@PolicePV) July 28, 2022
Following this, on August 16, the Prescott department tweeted by saying, "On Friday, August 5, 2022, the victim succumbed to his injuries. The arrestee, Antoine Kendrick, is now being charged with Second Degree Murder and remains in custody."
UPDATED RELEASE (8/15/22): On Friday, August 5, 2022, the victim succumbed to his injuries. The arrestee, Antoine Kendrick, is now being charged with Second Degree Murder and remains in custody. 👉Full details: https://t.co/8KDMYIqGQB— Prescott Valley Police Department (@PolicePV) August 16, 2022
Witnesses narrate the attack
According to AZ Family, after the attack, a few of the customers shared the details of the attack. One of them said, "The customer didn’t touch him, so he had no right to touch the customer, period, end of story. I just think that’s horrible and wish it didn’t happen. It puts a bad light on our entire society.” Another said, "It’s mellow up here, you don’t have that kind of stuff. It’s a shame. I feel for the guy that got hit. It’s not right.” One more individual said, "First thought is there is a lot of tension all around in society and so I’m not necessarily surprised but surprised in terms of this area. An employee probably should hold back their frustration and take the higher road. Unfortunately, we just need to be cautious and just care for each other and be respectful and try to hold back our frustrations and not get this violent."