Posted on January 17, 2022

Suspect Arrested in Fatal Shooting of Young Burger King Cashier in East Harlem

Rocco Parascandola et al., New York Daily News, January 14, 2022

A pair of white earbuds and some video detective work led police to a Brooklyn man who they believe gunned down a Burger King cashier in a case the mayor said reinforces his policy of funding and supporting cops.

Winston Glynn, 30, a former employee of the same East Harlem fast food joint he targeted, was arrested for the murder of Kristal Bayron-Nieves, 19, who tried to give the gunman what he wanted, but was killed anyway.

The young woman told her family that she wanted to get off the night shift because she feared for her life.

“We often hear the term a senseless murder,” NYPD Chief of Department Kenneth Corey said Friday. “That is not a cliché in this case. There was no reason to shoot this young woman. Money had been handed over. She was trying to comply with the gunman’s demands. She was killed for no apparent reason.”

Glynn, who has a pending case for menacing with a knife, walked into the Burger King at Lexington Ave. and E. 116th St. just before 1a.m. on Jan. 9 {snip}

Bayron-Nieves and the night manager were the only two employees in the place, serving two customers when Glynn burst in holding a gun. He pistol whipped the manager, knocking out two teeth and attacked a customer. Then he took $100 out of the register, but the greedy gunman wanted more, NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig said.

He then ordered the teenager to open another cash drawer, but she didn’t have the key. She was crouched down by the money box trying to appease him when he killed her.

“Ms. Bayron-Nieves scrambles to open the drawer,” Essig said. “She doesn’t have the key. That’s when he fires one shot, striking her and causing her death.”


Glynn has four prior arrests, including weapons possession, menacing, assault and criminal mischief.

Outside the 25th Precinct stationhouse, Glynn shouted obscenities at passersby and news photographers as detectives led him to a car to take him to court for his arrangement.

“Where’s our reparations for 400 years of f-–king slavery!” Glynn yelled.

And “America is gonna burn!”