Three charged in Taco Bell killing

Posted: Thursday, August 28, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) Three men have been charged in the killing of a fast-food restaurant employee who was working the drive-through window when he was shot, police said Thursday.

Leon Kinneeveauk, 31, and John Teri, 20, both of Anchorage, were charged Wednesday with second-degree murder and first-degree robbery in the Aug. 16 death of 21-year-old Joshua Goliver. A third man, Leroy Lopez Jr., 18, the suspected shooter, faces the same charges, police said. He was arrested Wednesday night.

Kinneeveauk and Teri were arraigned Wednesday afternoon at the Anchorage jail. They were being held at the Cook Inlet Pre-Trial Facility on a cash-only bail of $500,000 each. Lopez was being held at the Anchorage jail on the same bail amount.

Kinneeveauk and Teri were arrested Tuesday after questioning at Anchorage police headquarters. Patrol officers located Lopez Wednesday night in the Mountain View area and arrested him after questioning at headquarters.

At the time of the killing, Teri was an employee of Taco Bell, one of four in Anchorage open 24 hours during the summer. Police refused to say how long Teri had been employed at the Fifth Avenue Taco Bell.

''The investigation is ongoing, and I won't provide any more details that might jeopardize the case,'' Sgt. Scott Jessen said at a news conference.

Capt. Tom Nelson also refused to answer most questions.

Kinneeveauk told police there was a third person who actually fired the gun, charging documents said. Kinneeveauk said a couple of days before the robbery, the third person told him he was scared for his safety because gang members were picking on him.

Kinneeveauk said he gave the man a .22 caliber revolver that he purchased from a drug addict several weeks earlier.

Teri told police that Kinneeveauk and the third person not named in the charging document planned the robbery. Teri told police he drove the car, prosecutors said.

Kinneeveauk said the third person told him he was going to point the gun at the store employee and would cock the gun to scare him.

After the robbery and shooting, Kinneeveauk said the third person counted out the cash and it was between $500 and $600. Kinneeveauk said the third person kept most of the money.

Kinneeveauk told police he threw the gun in a trash bin near North Star Elementary School. Police searched the trash bin but the gun wasn't found because the bin had been emptied.

Police said earlier that the gunman waited until a car pulled away from the drive-through window, then ran up before the window closed and thrust a gun through the opening.

The man demanded money, and Goliver handed some over. The man then shot Goliver once in the chest and fled. Someone in the restaurant called 911 at 5:23 a.m. Goliver died before police arrived.

Teri told police that during the robbery the third person wore a red bandanna over his face and a hooded sweat shirt, prosecutors said.

According to charging documents, Teri has no prior criminal convictions. Kinneeveauk has several prior convictions, including burglary in 1991. Lopez' background was not immediately known.

The Taco Bell shooting was the third in recent years at an Anchorage restaurant. In 1999, a robber shot and killed an 18-year-old working at a Godfather's Pizza. In 2000, two former employees entered a Wendy's and shot the manager after forcing her to open the safe.

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