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'You Wanna Play?': Man Kills New Mexico Pizza Shop Owner During Robbery, Cops Say

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Source: MEGA: Metropolitan Detention Center

Sep. 2 2022, Published 9:02 a.m. ET

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A man robbed employees outside of a New Mexico pizza restaurant and then shot the owner dead, police said.

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This week, police in Albuquerque, New Mexico, said they arrested Sylvan Alcachupas in connection to the killing of Rosario Zito. She was the owner of Giovanni’s Pizzeria in the New Mexico city.

On Aug. 30, the shop had just closed around 9:20 p.m. and employees were gathered outside, according to police.

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A suspect, later identified as Alcachupas, was loitering nearby. He came up to the employees and demanded they empty their pockets.

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Alcachupas then took out a gun and fired a shot into the air, police said. He yelled, “I’m f****** serious. Empty your s*** on the ground.”

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The employees threw their tips on the ground, which the suspect grabbed. He then walked around a car and challenged Zito saying, “You wanna play?,” according to police.

Zito then exchanged gunfire with Zito, police said. The owner was shot, and witnesses saw Alcachupas going through the victim’s pockets.

Police spotted Alcachupas a few blocks from the area and arrested him. He has been charged with an open count of murder, robbery with a deadly weapon and tampering with evidence.


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