NYPD: Winston Glynn, Charged With Murder In Kristal Bayron Nieves Shooting, Used To Work At Same Burger King

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A suspect is under arrest in the deadly shooting of 19-year-old Kristal Bayron Nieves at a Burger King in East Harlem.

Police say Winston Glynn, 30, is facing murder, robbery and weapon charges.

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Bayron Nieves was shot and killed early Sunday morning after a man walked into the fast food restaurant on East 116th Street demanding money from the register.

“There was no reason to shoot this young woman. Money had been handed over. She was trying to comply with the gunman’s demands,” NYPD Chief of Department Kenneth Corey said Friday. “She was killed for no apparent reason.”

Police said the suspect pistol-whipped the restaurant manager and a customer, before taking $100 from the cash register.

“The man demands more money from the register drawer. As Miss Bayron Nieves is scrambling to open the drawer, she doesn’t have the key,” NYPD Chief of Detectives James Essig said. “The male fires one shot, striking her and causing her death.”

Investigators said they used surveillance video to identify Glynn as the gunman. He was taken into custody Thursday night in Brooklyn.

Police said he worked at the same Burger King in 2020, but did not overlap with Bayron Nieves.

“All indications are that he knew this place well, that he pre-planned the event,” said Essig.

He has four prior arrests, most recently in 2020 on assault and weapon charges.

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Mayor Eric Adams joined police as they announced the arrest Friday afternoon.

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“I don’t come to press conferences of arrests, but this one was so personal. For a cold blooded killer to shoot a 19-year-old child after she complied,” the mayor said. “We have been saying this over and over again, there’s too many gun on our streets.”

Earlier Friday, CBS2’s Leah Mishkin spoke with neighbors of the victim’s family.

“I feel bad for her family. My condolences to her family,” Elizabeth Aponte told Mishkin. “I can’t imagine losing a child. I have three kids of my own.”

Aponte described the Nieves family as polite and private, and said the mom always says hello and goodbye in passing.

“It’s sad that she had to lose her life at a young age, especially just starting to work and trying to be productive in life,” Aponte added.

The community gathered in front of the Burger King for a candlelight vigil Thursday, and the candles were still burning a day later. Many passing the memorial stopped to pay their respects.

“It’s a shame, because that girl is somebody’s child,” said Ali Jordan. “They really should pay for it, because that was evil.”

Kenya Webb dropped off flowers and a Teddy bear.

“He didn’t have to kill no 19-year-old girl,” she said. “No, no, that’s just not acceptable right there.”

Signs on the wall bear messages that read, “I wish you can come back,” and “Harlem will never forget you.”

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CBS2’s Leah Mishkin contributed to this report.

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