Taco Bell worker was slain when teenage son refused customer’s suspicious money

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The fatal shooting of a Taco Bell employee occurred after the man’s teenage son — also working at the restaurant — refused to take a suspicious $20 bill from a drive-through customer, police said.

Alejandro Garcia, 41, was killed shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday at the take-out restaurant near Avalon and Century boulevards in South Los Angeles.

On Tuesday, Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore announced that suspect Jonathan Madden, 39, had been arrested at a South Los Angeles home and was jailed on $2 million bail.

The shooting reportedly occurred after two men in a black sedan had given Garcia’s 19-year-old son a $20 that the teen suspected was counterfeit, and he had refused to take it.

When one of the men started shooting, the younger man reportedly attempted to close the drive-through window, but his father was struck multiple times. The older man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Garcia, a married father of three, worked one shift a week at the Taco Bell, his family said. In addition to the drive-through, it has a walk-up window but no customer access to the inside.

A GoFundMe page to raise money for Garcia’s funeral and for his family had collected almost $100,000 in donations.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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