Pizza Hut GM gets eerie texts, call from slain manager’s phone before body found

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A South Milwaukee Pizza Hut employee shot a manager in the head who tried to cut his throat with a $7,000 inheritance check, then dumped his body in a trash can, police said.

Officials said surveillance footage, time stamped at 10:25 a.m. on Feb. 5, shows a man dragging a trash can from inside the pizza shop to a trash can in the back. Fox 6 Milwaukee reportscited the criminal complaint.

The regional manager told law enforcement that three minutes later, at 10:28 a.m., the manager called and said, “I had a fart on my brain, and what’s the code for the door?” I left my keys in the room.” He said he received a text message saying, “I’m sorry.” shop. ”

The man struggling with the trash can, identified as Kavon Ingram, 31, was arrested and faces multiple felonies for allegedly killing his boss, Alexander Stengel, 55.

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Kavon Ingram, 31, is accused of killing the manager at a South Milwaukee Pizza Hut and leaving his body in a trash can. (Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office)

Local news outlets reported that the general manager also received a call from Stengel’s phone at 10:29 a.m., but she said the call was muffled and sounded like there was a strong wind.

At 11:07 a.m., the general manager received a second text message from the victim’s cell phone claiming that he was very sick and needed to go home.

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“I’ve been here since 8:30. Even after throwing up three times, I still feel nauseous,” he said. “The other day, I was throwing up a lot of blood. I tried to smoke a cigarette to ease my stomach, but I was still sweating like a pig. It seems like my symptoms are getting worse and worse. , I’m out. I’m at my limit. I did what I had to do.” I can do it, but I need to get checked out or something. ”

Law enforcement tracked the man seen on surveillance video from a Taco Bell behind Pizza Hut as he dragged the trash can to a bus stop, and continued to monitor his actions using surveillance video from a Milwaukee County Transit bus.

At 11:07 a.m., a man was seen with a cell phone in his hand.

Trash crime scene photo

A South Milwaukee Pizza Hut manager was found murdered in a dumpster behind the pizza shop after he was allegedly murdered by one of his employees. (Fox 6 Milwaukee)

Law enforcement continued to monitor surveillance video to see where he got off the bus, essentially reversing the direction of his commute to ultimately identify Ingram as the murder suspect, Fox 6 Milwaukee said. reported.

Ingram’s movements were also confirmed by pings from his cell phone and the victim’s cell phone as he moved through a quiet neighborhood in South Milwaukee.

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The gruesome details of the murder quickly spread throughout the community, and tensions continued for several days.

Evie James works as a waitress at a cafe across the street from Pizza Hut. He told TMJ4: “I know there’s crime everywhere, but crime is very rare here… What would we do if it was our customer? It’s really scary to know there’s an incident happening right across the street. is.”

South Milwaukee crime scene photos

Detectives set up a crime scene behind Pizza Hut after discovering the man’s body in a trash can. (Fox 6 Milwaukee)

Police said Stengel was killed on February 5, and her body was found two days later.

Investigators executed a search warrant and followed the main suspect from February 9th to 11th, taking him into custody that morning.

“We believe money was a motive for this crime,” South Milwaukee police said, citing Stengel’s legacy.


Ingram was charged with first-degree intentional homicide, concealing a corpse, armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a felon, all felonies.

He is being held on $200,000 bail.

He was convicted of drug-related charges in 2015 and 2016, according to court records.



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