SYRACUSE (WSYR-TV) - A former Dunkin' Donuts employee will not face criminal charges for dumping a pitcher of water on the head of a homeless man as he slept inside the North Salina Street restaurant, but will serve 75 hours of community service at an agency that assists the homeless in Syracuse.
The Onondaga County District Attorney's office said the victim, Jeremy Dufresne, came to that decision on his own.
The DA's office told our sister station in Syracuse, NewsChannel 9, that it did review footage of the incident, along with a video apology by the former employee, Shakeen Robbins, and also reviewed relevant police reports.
Investigators also spoke with Dufresne, Susan McMahon of Mayor Ben Walsh's Office, representatives of community organizations involved with the homeless population, Dunkin' Donuts representatives, and the responding Syracuse Police Department Officers.
Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick said, "I hope Mr. Dufresne receives the help he needs, that Mr. Robbins has learned a serious life lesson and that all of us approach the problem of homelessness with a starting point of dignity and respect for all people."
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