22-year-old man dies after being punched inside Starbucks in Burnaby

Published: 06:46 GMT, Aug 10, 2017 |

A 22-year-old man has died after being punched inside a Starbucks coffee shop in Burnaby, B.C., an altercation witnesses say began with a spat over a tossed cigarette butt.

The altercation happened July 12 and is being investigated as a homicide, but authorities hadn’t spoken publicly about the case until CBC News started inquiring about it — prompted by reports from concerned witnesses.

The victim is identified on a memorial in front of the coffee shop as Michael Page-Vincelli.

Witnesses who were at the Starbucks near Hastings Street and Kensington Avenue when the incident happened told CBC News it started outside — over a cigarette butt tossed from a car.

“The woman tossed a cigarette out the window and he [Page-Vincelli] picked it up and he threw it back at her,” said Michael Zimeras, who was one of the witnesses outside the coffee shop at the time.

The woman went inside a nearby bank and came out with a man, and the pair followed Page-Vincelli into Starbucks.

“Two minutes later they came out,” said Zimeras.