Authorities in Philadelphia want the public to watch “very clear” surveillance video of a heartless gunman who fatally shot a Dunkin’ Donuts manager during an armed robbery, according to a report.
The homicide chief of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office called on the public Monday to watch the footage posted online by police showing the suspect in his late 30s to early 40s armed with a revolver inside the store before gunning down Christine Lugo at about 5:30 a.m. Saturday.
“We are begging you to come forward,” Chesley Lightsey, chief of the homicide unit, told the Philadelphia Inquirer, after putting up the footage, which shows the killer holding Lugo at gunpoint, but does not show the slaying.
“The only way the police can get to an arrest and then our office can get to approve charges is for the community to come forward and help.”
No arrests had been made in the case as of Tuesday afternoon, a Philadelphia police spokesman told The Post. Police Officer Eric McLaurin declined to comment on Lightsey’s remarks.
Police said Lugo, a 40-year-old mother of two, was shot once in the head by a man who approached her as she was opening the Dunkin’ Donuts for business that morning and pushed her back inside.
“After forcing the manager to turn over currency from the office, the male shot her once in the head and fled the store in an unknown direction,” police said on the video posted on YouTube.
The footage shows a close-up of the suspect’s face, as well as an analog watch he wore on his right arm and gray New Balance sneakers. Anyone who sees the suspect should not approach him and instead call 911. A $20,000 reward is being offered for info leading to an arrest and conviction, police said.
Mayor Jim Kenney told reporters at an unrelated news conference Monday that the clip showed Lugo complying with the robber’s demands, but “he still killed her,” the Inquirer reported.
“There’s a bunch of different types of violence that we’re dealing with,” Kenney said. “This is a vicious robbery and killing.”
The Dunkin’ Donuts where Lugo worked in North Philadelphia was closed Monday, as a photo of the former manager hung in its window, the Inquirer reported.
Lugo’s daughter, Frances Rodriguez, said her mother had been planning on moving to Massachusetts to be closer to her and her brother.
“My mom’s goal was to get home, to get home to Massachusetts to me, my brother, her two grandchildren,” Rodriguez told WPVI. “And this is not how I planned to bring my mom home.”
Rodriguez and Lugo’s son, Christian, traveled to Philadelphia after learning their mother was killed while on the job.
“This didn’t have to happen,” Christian Lugo told the station. “It didn’t.”
Video of the disturbing, “senseless” attack has caused outrage among some North Philadelphia residents, the station reported.
“She complied with you,” one man who asked to remain anonymous told WPVI. “She gave you what you wanted and yet you still decided to take that young lady’s life. Why?”