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Patron Killed at Doughnut Shop

November 11, 1991

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ A patron killed during the robbery of a doughnut shop early today was shot when he resisted being pushed into a freezer, police said.

Three suspects were arrested shortly after the shooting at a Dunkin’ Donuts shop. The suspects had $2,250 taken from the safe and other cash and valuables taken from three employees left locked in a rear walk-in freezer, police spokesman Edward Tenuto said.

The victim was not immediately identified pending notification of relatives.

Tenuto said the stolen money and the guns used in the robbery were recovered.

Detective Capt. Joseph Kelly said a police sergeant was driving by the doughnut shop when he noted the swift exit of a car from the parking lot, and pursued the car.

″He became suspcious when he apparently spotted them holding guns,″ Kelly said.

Kelly said the case remained under investigation.

Arrested and expected to be charged with murder, aggravated assault and robbery were Timothy Brown, 23; Theodore Burns, 17; and Rodney Burnes, 21, Tenuto said. He said all three suspects are from Philadelphia.

″The victim came into store while the three robbers were holding up the place with handguns,″ Tenuto said. ″The robbers were in the back room and had tied up the employees with duct tape and placed (them) in the freezer.

″The door buzzer in (the) store went off while the robbers were in the back. One of them entered the front and forced the customer into the back room freezer with the others. There they shot him several times when he resisted.″

Tenuto said they left after looting the safe and were arrested at Rising Sun and Godfrey avenues. The doughnut shop was at Pine Road and Oxford Avenue, about three miles away.

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