May 24th, 2000 Queens, New York 36 year old John Taylor and an accomplice murdered 5 people aged 18-44 and injured 2 at a Wendy's restaurant. Taylor was formerly employed by Wendy's.
Taylor and his accomplice ex-convict Craig Godineaux(31) waited for the last customer to leave the store before they unleashed their plan. What makes this crime even more brazen and or stupid is it didn't happen in some isolated area but one of the busiest sections of Queens. Right near the busiest shopping district, the busiest subway station, and home to almost 2 million people.
The Crime: John Tayor and Craig Godineaux entered a Wendy's restaurant in Queens and unleashed terror on its staff. They grabbed 7 employees took them into the basement bound and gagged them then lay them down in the freezer face first with bags over their heads.
Taylor shot 2 employees in the head first and then handed the semi automatic pistol to Godineaux and told him that he had to prove himself. Godineaux then shot the other 5. 5 died 2 survived. The pair made off with $2400.
John B Taylor: (Born March 10th, 1964) The Wendy's massacre was not Taylor's first fast food crime. First murder but not first robbery. He had recently before the Wendy's crime just skipped bail after being arrested for a McDonald's robbery near by. He was also suspected in a string of other robberies in the area.
Taylor was also the father of 4 children and only had a minor criminal record. He also on top of working at Wendy's was an assistant manger at a McDonald's for 14 years. At the time of the crime Taylor worked with Godineaux at a clothing store. He also lived in a high rise apartment
Craig Godineaux: (Born February 4th,1970) Was the father of a 5 year old girl and had just recently
met Taylor at the clothing store that they worked at. Godineaux had a criminal record 2 charges for selling drugs and one for robbery. Her had also served 3 state prison terms in the last 10 years.
Neighbors even said that Godineaux often attended church (Who knows the truth on this). But like all black men that are criminals or die. He was an aspiring rap artist. No black mans rap sheet can be complete without that. That or he was just turning his life around.
Jean J. Auguste: 27, A manager at the restaurant from Haiti.
Ali Ibadat: 40, from Pakistan.
Jeremy Mele: 18
Ramon Nazario: 44, from Puerto Rico.
Anita Smith: 22
JaQuione Johnson: 18, Was shot in the brain
Patrick Castro: 23 was shot through both cheeks and played dead until the culprits left the restaurant.
Apprehension: The police got a phone call which identified the culprits as Taylor and Godineaux. But even with out the tip the police had enough evidence to catch them. Also several witnesses seeing Taylor leaving the restaurant all picked him out of a photo line up. Plus the police had palm prints, the murder weapon, and video evidence of the two leaving the restaurant. When questioned about the crime they each turned on each other. They both admitted to being there but Taylor said Godineaux did the shooting and Godineaux said Taylor did the shooting. Both were sentenced to life in prison.
*Al Sharpton chimed in on this case and said they should receive life sentences. Why not death Sharpton?