Who was Vonelle Cook? Bio, Wiki, Murder, Police Report

Vonelle Cook
Vonelle Cook

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Vonelle Cook is the man who was punched by a Dunkin’ manager after calling him a racial slur, authorities said. According to court records, the customer, Vonelle Cook, who was white, had gone through the drive-thru to order coffee and was angry.


Vonelle Cook was 77 years old.


A 27-year-old Dunkin’ employee in Florida accused of fatally punching an elderly customer for using a racial slur was sentenced to two years of house arrest after pleading guilty to felony battery. Police said Pujols punched 77-year-old Vonelle Cook. the jaw during an altercation at a Tampa Dunkin’ location around 1:30 p.m.


Corey Pujols was ordered by a judge on Monday to confinement in his home, according to court records. He will also need to complete 200 hours of community service and attend an anger management course. Pujols was arrested last May and charged with aggravated manslaughter, records show. He initially pled not guilty but later changed his plea to felony battery, a lesser charge.

The two had been arguing after Vonelle Cook came into the store, complaining about the quality of customer service at the drive-thru, where he had been attempting to order a coffee. Prosecutors said he was aggressive and verbally abusive towards employees, who — per a release from the State Attorney’s Office — described Cook as a “regularly troublesome and abusive” customer. Amid Cook’s tirade, Pujols asked his co-workers to call the police and requested that Vonelle Cook leave the premises, officials said. Cook, who was white and a registered sex offender, called Pujols (who is Black) the N-word. Pujols then “challenged” Cook not to use that racial slur again, a criminal report affidavit stated, but when Vonelle Cook did, Pujols punched him in the jaw.


Vonelle Cook fell following the punch, hitting his head on the floor in the process. Bleeding from his head, he was taken to the hospital where he died three days later.

An autopsy report determined that Vonelle Cook suffered both a skull fracture and brain contusions from the fall.
A spokesman for Hillsborough State Attorney Andrew Warren told the Tampa Bay Times that the “totality of the circumstances” was considered when agreeing to Pujols’ plea deal, including his age, lack of criminal history, Vonelle Cook’s comments, and the fact that he did not intend to cause Vonelle Cook’s death. “Two of the primary factors were the aggressive approach the victim took toward the defendant and everyone working with the defendant, and that the victim repeatedly used possibly the most aggressive and offensive term in the English language,”

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