New York City ‘murderer’ who ‘killed female Burger King worker, 19, during $100 night shift robbery compares himself to Nelson Mandela and JESUS in unhinged Rikers Island interview
- Winston Glynn, a 31-year-old homeless man, was arrested in connection with the January murder of Kristal Bayron-Nieves, 19
- He has since given an interview in which he compared himself to Nelson Mandela and Jesus
- Glynn has been charged with murder and is being held at Rikers Island jail
- Nieves was working a night shift as a cashier at a Burger King in East Harlem when an armed robber shot and killed her after she handed him $100
- Glynn’s past criminal record includes at least three other prior arrests
- NYPD say detectives used surveillance video to track down the suspect, who was then identified by witnesses one week after the shooting
An accused murderer who allegedly killed a 19-year-old Burger King cashier during a robbery in January has brazenly compared himself to Nelson Mandela and Jesus.
Winston Glynn, 31, was tracked down in Brooklyn after an intense citywide manhunt following the shocking murder of Kristal Bayron-Nieves at the East Harlem Burger King, where NYPD officials said Glynn previously had worked for eight months.
He is alleged to have robbed the fast food joint of $100 before killing Nieves.
During his arrest one week after the killing, he ranted at police and he was taken away in cuffs.
Police arrested Winston Glynn, a 31-year-old homeless man, in connection with the January murder of Burger King cashier Kristal Bayron-Nieves, 19, one week after the shooting
Kristal Bayron-Nieves, 19, was afraid to be working nights and had asked to be switched over to the day shift when she was shot dead
The 19-year-old was shot dead at a Burger King on 116th and Lexington Avenue in East Harlem around 1am on Sunday
During his interview from Rikers Island, Glynn ranted: ‘What happened to Nelson Mandela, what happened to Jesus? [They were] innocent. I want to be a leader and all that. A lot of people are jealous, you know.’ Above, he is pictured in January 2022
‘Why am I guilty?’ Glynn shouted through a blue mask covering his face as officers walked him to a waiting police car.
‘You know they charge n*****s every day? Where’s our reparations for four hundred years of f***ing slavery.’
During his arraignment, he screamed ‘liar’ several times at a judge.
Such incoherent ramblings were on display once again during an interview at Rikers Island.
‘What happened to Nelson Mandela, what happened to Jesus? [They were] innocent,’ said Glynn to the New York Post.
‘I want to be a leader and all that. A lot of people are jealous, you know.’
Glynn was said to have worked at the same Burger King months earlier
Glynn has now given an interview from Rikers jail. He is pictured grimacing while being ushered into a vehicle in January
When asked about the crime, he denied all involvement despite evidence to the contrary asking why he would have used a credit card just before the crime and why it took days to be identified by a witness.
‘Somebody probably made a call to a tip line, and I used to work there, that’s all,’ he said.
‘There’s only one way this can go. They let me go and I sue the city for holding me so long.’
Glynn went on, seething how ‘the system’ has ‘no regard for the lower class, like we are nobody.’
He also suggested how families of the wealthy and powerful actually benefit from citywide crime and mayhem.
Cops say the suspect’s white earbuds that were seen in surveillance video hanging from his pocket helped lead them to Glynn. The 31-year-old is pictured wearing earbuds on the right
Police say Glynn had worked at the same Burger King as the victim between April 2020 and December 2020, more than a year before she was hired. He is pictured above in work uniform
‘Your grandma is a judge; your grandfather is one of the morgue, so if you kill somebody, he makes money with the body; the daughter is a doctor so if that person [doesn’t] die, they treat them,’ he said.
‘These people don’t want crime to stop, as long as it’s not affecting them.’
Glynn’s criminal record includes at least four prior arrests, most recently in December 2020 for criminal possession of a weapon and in November 2021 when he was charged with menacing with a weapon.
A spokesperson for the Queens District Attorney explained how Glynn was released from jail on his own recognizance because the offense he was charged with at the time was a misdemeanor, which ‘is not bail eligible.’
One former roommate of Glynn’s at a Queens homeless shelter described him as having ‘had a lot of issues with him with seeing demons and stuff like that,’ adding that he was ‘definitely on medication’ but was ‘a pretty stand-up guy.’
Glynn is pictured in a mugshot, left. He is accused of killing Kristal Bayron-Nieves, 19, in cold blood after demanding cash from her at a Burger King in January
Glynn was led out of the 25th Precinct in Harlem in January following his arrest
Glynn was booked for the murder. The homeless man has a rap sheet going back to 2017
Winston Glynn’s arrests
July 31, 2017
- Winston Glynn broke the screen of a slot machine at the Resort World Casino in Queens
- He was caught on tape striking the machine and cracking its screen
- He was charged with criminal mischief
December 23, 2018
- Glynn allegedly threatened a 45-year-old woman with a knife in Brooklyn’s Flatbush neighborhood
- He was charged with criminal possession of a weapon and menacing
December 14, 2020
- Glynn engaged in a verbal confrontation with a man in Manhattan’s Midtown neighborhood
- Glynn allegedly punched the man in the face, knocking him over
- He reportedly continued to hit the man, bruising his face and knocking out a tooth
- The man was taken to Bellevue Hospital
- Police arrested Glynn and found a knife on him
- He was charged with criminal possession of a weapon
November 30, 2021:
- Glynn allegedly threatened a man at a NYC homeless shelter with a screwdriver
- He allegedly told the man, ‘I will stab you’
- He was charged with menacing, criminal possession of a weapon and harassment
Glynn also revealed to The Post how following an evaluation by a forensic psychiatrist, his lawyers may pursue a psychiatric defense. Glynn has pled not guilty to the murder.
Nieves and her family moved to New York from Puerto Rico after 2017’s Hurricane Maria.
She had been working as a cashier to help her mother pay bills and save money for nursing school.
She is said to have feared night shifts but had no choice. It was during one of those late shifts, just after midnight on Sunday, January 9 when an armed robber entered the restaurant.
Police recounted how just before 2am on Sunday, Glynn allegedly walked into the fast-food restaurant, wearing a ski mask, an all-black outfit, and carrying a backpack.
He had white earbuds hanging out of his pants pocket.
Glynn allegedly pistol-whipped a customer and a manager, knocking out two of her teeth, and then aimed a gun at Nieves, demanding cash.
The teenage ashier handed the attacker $100, but he demanded more money. Police said Nieves crouched down to try and open a second cash register drawer, but had no key.
That is when Glynn is alleged to have fired a single shot, shooting her in the chest, before fleeing. He grabbed the injured Burger King manager’s phone on his way out.
Nieves was pronounced dead at the scene.
Her mother, Kristie Nieves, told The Post on Saturday how her daughter was a ‘genuine soul’ and ‘a happy girl’ with the pair spending ‘all of their time together.’
‘I woke up this morning thinking about her,’ Nieves said before going on to say how she does not believe Glynn’s claims that he is innocent.
‘He killed her. There is so much evidence against him.For us, her family, it’s difficult to remember that day and to see his face.
‘The problem is the whole city and all of the violence. I want justice for my daughter.’
Police offered a $10,000 reward to anyone with information
Overall crime in the Big Apple is up 27.1 percent from last year
Along with an increase in hate crimes, the Big Apple has seen violent crime continue to rise.
According to the NYPD, overall crime is up 27.6 percent in New York City from last year, with felony assaults, rapes and robberies all up double digits. Murders are down 12.3 percent and shootings are down 14.7 percent.
Felony assaults are also up more than 13 percent, with police recording 23,270 cases so far this year, and rapes have increased by more than 10 percent.
Murders and the number of shooting victims were down 12.3 and 14.7 percent respectively.
The city’s transit system appears to be bearing the brunt of surging crime, with about 1,865 reports so far in 2022, a 41.7 percent spike from last year.