Mi Pueblo manager dies days after restaurant robbery

By Jason Miles - bio | email

OLIVE BRANCH, MS (WMC-TV) - Mi Pueblo restaurant in Olive Branch remained temporarily closed Friday as employees mourned the loss of assistant manager Alejandro Gonzalez.

"This robbery investigation now transitions into a homicide investigation," said Asst. Chief Mark Kimbell of the Olive Branch Police Department during a news conference Friday evening.

Kimbell announced the sad news in the days-old case.

"This is a case that has caught the attention of our entire community," he said.

Gonzalez, 39, was shot in the head during a holdup around 11 o'clock Tuesday night.  He and another employee were closing for the night when two suspects interrupted them.

"Detectives have been working practically around the clock since this happened Tuesday night," said Kimbell.

"I really feel that justice need to be served," said Jonathan Bunch of the Cornerstone Barber Shop.

The folks at the barber shop considered Gonzalez more than just the man who helped run the Mexican restaurant at the end of their strip mall.

"He was a very cordial guy and a very customer oriented fellow," Bunch added.

Police are still searching for witnesses to help cinch their case.  They are particularly interested in anyone who saw a white pick-up truck outside the restaurant the night of the crime.

"If someone saw a white pick-up truck in the parking lot we need you to call us," Kimbell said.

Police said Gonzalez leaves behind a wife and children.  Call them at 662-895-4111 with any information.

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