A Florida doughnut shop became a crime scene recently when an employee stabbed another man in an argument over recipes, local authorities allege.
According to Yahoo, the incident occurred on Wednesday evening at a Krispy Kreme location in Gainseville.
Employee Julius Irving, 32, was reportedly engaged in an argument with a coworker over the doughnut-making process. At one point, the female employee’s boyfriend arrived at the location, ostensibly to pick her up, according to reports. Upon his arrival, however, officials say he also became engaged in an argument with Irving.
As tensions mounted, Irving allegedly retrieved a 4-inch blade and repeatedly stabbed the victim in his chest, stomach and upper leg.
Reports indicate the injured man was rushed to an area hospital where he narrowly survived. In addition to life-saving emergency surgery, medical staff say law enforcement contributed by applying a tourniquet to the victim’s thigh injury.
Police were able to catch up with Irving a short time later. He reportedly confessed to stabbing the other man during a subsequent police interview.
Krispy Kreme issued a public statement confirming that its “top priority” is the safety of those in its stores.
“Our independently owned and operated franchisee is cooperating with law enforcement,” the statement continued in reference to this week’s incident. “We are keeping the victim in our thoughts and prayers.”
The company confirmed Irving was no longer employed by the store. As of the latest reports available, he remained behind bars at the Alachua County Jail without bond and is expected to face charges including attempted murder.
[Featured image: Julius Irving, handout]