Chili’s Patron Kills Manager

July 27, 2008 at 2:33 am

Please think of this story the next time you stiff a server or cuss out an assistant manager because you got ID’d:

© 2008 The Associated Press

HOUSTON — A manager at a Chili’s restaurant was making sure a female employee made it to her car safely when he was shot dead by a man authorities say was a patron who had left and then returned.

Harris County Sheriff’s Department investigators said Michael Ryan Hare had been drinking at the restaurant’s bar when he made repeated, unwanted advances toward an employee.

Investigators said a rejected Hare left the restaurant but then returned at about 11:20 p.m. Thursday and fired several rounds at manager Luis Monroy. The man fled as the 32-year-old Monroy lay dead in the restaurant’s parking lot.

Hare, 24, was charged with murder Friday. Bond was set at $50,000 and he remained in Harris County Jail on Saturday night. He’s scheduled to appear in court Monday. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.

About 20 minutes after the shootings, Hare returned to the restaurant and was identified as the gunman by witnesses, Lt. John Denholm told the Houston Chronicle.

Denholm said that when investigators asked Hare why he shot Monroy, he responded: “It was easy. It was easy.”

He also told investigators that a friend encouraged him to return to the restaurant to tell authorities what he had done, Denholm said.

Hare’s record includes a 2004 marijuana possession conviction and a 2002 robbery charge that was later dismissed.

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