UPDATE: Florida Man Charged With Murdering Burger King Worker Over Drive-Thru Delay
Kelvis Rodriguez-Tormes allegedly shot the victim after his girlfriend got tired of waiting for her fast food order.
The Florida woman upset her drive-thru fast-food order was taking too long has been arrested and now faces charges in connection with the recent shooting death of a Burger King employee, Click Orlando reported.
According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, homicide detectives took Ashley Mason, 31, into custody on Aug. 5 and charged her with principal to first-degree murder and aggravated assault with a firearm.
Three days earlier, Mason’s boyfriend, Kelvis Rodriguez-Tormes, 37, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder with a firearm, destruction of evidence and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after he allegedly fatally shot Burger employee Desmond Armond Joshua Jr., 22.
Mason was reportedly with her 13-year-old daughter on Aug. 1 when she grew tired of waiting for her meal. She got her money refunded, left the busy restaurant and allegedly returned minutes later with Rodriguez-Tormes, resulting in the fatal confrontation.
According to an arrest report obtained by Heavy, Mason told detectives she saw her boyfriend and Joshua Jr. get into a physical altercation in the Burger King parking lot.
“As the fight was broken up, she said Kelvis Rodriguez said, ‘Give me the fire,’ and she handed the handgun to him,” the report states.
Mason claimed that her boyfriend then got back into his truck and, as Joshua Jr. approached him, “she said she heard the gunshot and saw Desmond Joshua Jr. fall to the ground.”
“She said she got scared and went home to decide her next actions,” the report continues. “She noted Kelvis Rodriguez returned home shortly after and stated, ‘I messed up.’”
Both Mason and Rodriguez-Tormes are being held without bond.
Joshua Jr. had just started working at the Burger King two days before his shooting death, according to an arrest affidavit.
“He was loved,” family friend Tammi Tillman-Edwards told Orlando’s WESH 2 News. “Burger King was a stepping stone for him to move on to bigger things and to see his life just get cut down at 22. No parent should have to bury their child, period, but especially over some foolishness like this. Over a sandwich.”
ORIGINAL POST 8/3/20:
A Florida woman, fed up with her Burger King drive-thru order taking so long, summoned her boyfriend, who came to the fast food restaurant and shot an employee dead, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.
On the evening of Aug. 1, a witness said, the restaurant in east Orlando was especially busy, leading to delays for customers to receive their meals, Click Orlando reported.
The identified woman got impatient with the wait, so she exited her sedan and began to “yell and threatened to bring her ‘man’ to the restaurant,” according to an arrest affidavit.
A Burger King employee refunded the woman her $40 and asked her to leave. She eventually drove away but returned in her car minutes later, around 7:30 p.m., with 37-year-old Kelvis Rodriguez-Tormes tailing her in his truck.
Deputies said Rodriguez-Tormes allegedly got out of his vehicle, targeted 22-year-old Burger King worker Desmond Armond Joshua Jr. — who had just started his job at the restaurant days earlier — and demanded a fight.
According to the affidavit, video of the incident shows a male putting Joshua into a headlock and choking him before an onlooker intervened to break up the scuffle.
In the affidavit, a witness claimed Rodriguez-Tormes went back to his truck, grabbed a gun and told Joshua, “You got two seconds before I shoot you,” the Orlando Sentinel reported.
Rodriguez-Tormes then pulled the trigger, striking Joshua, and the alleged shooter and the woman both fled the scene in their separate vehicles, deputies said.
The wounded Burger King employee was rushed to AdventHealth East Orlando, where he was pronounced dead.
Records state Rodriguez-Torres allegedly told investigators after his arrest that he had dismantled the murder weapon and stashed it “in a location which cannot be located.”
The Orange County Sheriff’s Office has charged Rodriguez-Tormes with first-degree murder with a firearm, destruction of evidence, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. The woman has not been arrested or charged with a crime.