Police have charged Winston Glynn for the East Harlem Burger King murder that ended the life of 19-year-old Kristal Bayron Nieves. The 30-year-old man is facing robbery, murder and weapons charges. Police continue to investigate the crime.
According to police, Winston Glynn used to work at the same Burger King as the victim, but a year apart. Officers believe the robbery was planned because of Glynn’s knowledge of the location. They don’t believe the suspect and victim ever interacted before the murder.
Reports say that the East Harlem Burger King murder took place early Sunday morning on East 116th Street near Lexington Avenue shortly after 1 a.m. Police were able to use surveillance footage to identify the shooter and understand what happened to cause the 19-year-old’s death.
Video footage shows Winston Glynn entering the Burger King wearing a mask and all black. Kristal Bayron Nieves was working the counter at the time, and Glynn demanded that she hand over cash. Kristal gave him $100 dollars from the register, but then he demanded more.
The 19-year-old tried to open the second register, but she didn’t have the key. While she struggled, the man in black shot her once in the stomach. She was pronounced dead on the scene.
“The man demands more money from the register drawer. As Miss Bayron Nieves is scrambling to open the drawer, she doesn’t have the key,” NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig said. “The male fires one shot, striking her and causing her death.”
Two other people were injured during the robbery, a manager was hit in the face and a male customer was pistol whipped with the robber’s gun. They are expected to recover.
“There was no reason to shoot this young woman. Money had been handed over. She was trying to comply with the gunman’s demands,” NYPD Chief of Department Kenneth Corey said Friday. “She was killed for no apparent reason.”
Winston Glynn was later picked up Thursday at an address on Patchen Avenue in Brooklyn. Officers were able to find the earphones and clothing worn in the surveillance video, the gun has not been found.
Friday, when police were escorting Glynn out of the police station and into a car, the 30-year-old was yelled at by members of the Harlem community. They called him a bastard and a scumbag. Before Winston Glynn was placed into the car, he professed his innocence.
He said, “Where’s our reparations for four hundred years of f—ing slavery! F— you all!”
After Kristal Bayron Nieves’ death, her friends and family gathered outside the Burger King to place flowers and candles in her memory. The 19-year-old had only been working at the fast food chain for a couple of months and many in her community are sick of the violence on their streets.
“We will no longer tolerate any acts of violence in our community. We are working diligently to reduce all shootings throughout our city,” said Omar Jackson of Stand Against Violence East Harlem.
Her mother, Kristie Nieves told reporters that she felt guilty about her daughter’s death because she made her go to work despite the young girl’s concerns about safety. The 36-year-old mother said, “Kristal said Friday, ‘I don’t want to go. I’m scared.’ I say, ‘You have to go and be responsible.’ At 10 pm I wake her up to go and tell her, ‘You have to go. You have to be responsible. You have to get a better life.”
Other family members are glad that Winston Glynn was caught, because at least there will be some justice to the senseless murder of Kristal.
Cousin Kiara Fuentes said, “Kristal didn’t deserve this. She did not wake up thinking she wouldn’t make it back home. This is hurting our family so much and we just want justice for her already.”
A GoFundMe page has been set up for Kristal Nieves and the money raised will pay for funeral costs for the young girl. So far, over $26,000 has been donated.