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Fired Dunkin’ Donuts worker says ex-boss pulled a knife on him

Sergio Alejandro Leon
Sergio Alejandro Leon

A Dunkin’ Donuts manager is accused of pulling a bagel knife on an employee he had just fired.

Sergio Alejandro Leon, 45, of Davenport, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill after the incident, which happened around Nov. 9 at the store at 511 U.S. Hwy. 27 in Clermont.

The victim told a Lake County sheriff’s deputy that Leon fired him and asked him to leave the store. He said when he tried to leave, Leon walked up to him and tried to block his path, according to the sheriff’s office report.

The victim said he walked around Leon, who followed him and continued arguing. The victim said he turned around to tell Leon to back off and stop following him, and Leon grabbed a bagel knife and swung it around in his direction, the report said.

Leon told the deputy he had fired the victim and that the victim was walking around aggressively. He said he was concerned for his safety, so he grabbed a knife from the counter and held it at his side. Leon denied brandishing the knife or threatening the victim with it, according to the report.

The deputy viewed security footage of the incident and saw Leon grab the knife while the victim is speaking to him with his right hand extended towards him. On the video, Leon grabbed the knife forcefully and brought it to the front of his body before letting it hang at his side, the report said.

A witness then separated the pair. The witness said he was afraid Leon was going to harm the victim, according to the report.

Leon was arrested and taken to the Lake County Jail, where he posted $2,000 bond. He’s due to appear in Lake County Court on Dec. 12.

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