Video shows couple in doughnut shop assault
Published: Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 3:46 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 3:46 p.m.
LAUDERHILL — A South Florida man seen in surveillance video assaulting a Dunkin' Donuts employee for getting his coffee order wrong remained in jail Thursday on a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
Jeffrey Wright, 27, was being held on $20,000 bail, jail records showed. Jail records do not list an attorney for Wright.
Wright and his wife, Alexis Longo, had placed an order at the drive-thru window of a Dunkin' Donuts in Lauderhill on Tuesday when they noticed the employee had given them caramel instead of vanilla in the coffee, authorities said.
The couple went inside and asked to speak with a manager, but before the manager arrived an argument broke out with the employee, Rajay Hall, who took the order.
Hall told WTVJ (http://bit.ly/12t5GVv ) he offered to fix the mistake, but Longo had threatened to hit him.
"I told her to come and punch me in my face," Hall said. "And then she made an attempt to. But before she could do anything, he punched me."
Longo is seen in the video lunging at Hall. Wright then jumps in and throws dozens of punches as other customers and the manager tried to break up the fight. Longo is also seen throwing several punches.
The video, released Wednesday, showed Wright pulling a 9mm handgun and pistol-whipping the employee, striking him multiple times over the head. Hall said he did not know that Wright had a gun at the time until a responding firefighter told him.
"He told me he could have shot me. He had a gun in his hand," Hall said.
Hall and several witnesses also told police they heard Longo telling Wright to shoot.
Wright is seen on the surveillance video tucking the gun inside his waistband when police arrived. Both Wright and Longo were later arrested. Longo, 22, was being held on $1,000 bail on a battery charge.
Wright worked as a security guard for the last several months and police said he was licensed to carry the gun.
Reader comments posted to this article may be published in our print edition. All rights reserved. This copyrighted material may not be re-published without permission. Links are encouraged.