Salt Lake homicide detectives have released a photograph of a man they want to question in connection with the execution-style shooting death of a convenience store clerk Wednesday.
The photograph of the man was taken by a video camera inside the Circle K store the morning Tod J. Menuey, 26, was killed.Menuey, of Salt Lake City, was working at 1692 W. North Temple when he apparently was taken into a restroom at the rear of the store and shot in the back of the head with a small-caliber pistol. Police believe the incident occurred between 12:30 and 1 a.m. Wednesday.
About 1 a.m., two customers ready to purchase some items began looking for the clerk. One of them discovered Menuey unconscious on the floor of the bathroom. The door had been shut and the light was off, a police report says.
The customer called 911 and then performed first aid on Menuey until paramedics arrived and took the victim to LDS Hospital. He was pronounced dead at the hospital about 4:10 a.m.
"It appears the individual was shot once in the back of the head in the restroom of the store," Salt Lake Police Lt. Jim Bell said.
Detectives believe the motive for the shooting was robbery. Although police will not say how much money was taken, it could not have been much. Cash registers at Circle K and other all-night convenience stores are designed with systems that keep a minimal amount of cash available in the till.
When officers arrived, the cash register at the store had been cleaned out of currency and contained only a small amount of change.
An obituary in the Deseret News on Friday says Menuey was the father of three children and had served in the Army Reserve. Police said he had worked at the store for less than one year.
Circle K Corp. has offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who killed Menuey.
The man police want to talk to is described as Hispanic, in his mid-20s, 6 feet tall, weighing 190 pounds, with dark hair, short on the sides and longer in the back. Anyone who recognizes the individual is encouraged to call the Salt Lake Police Department, 799-3720 or 799-3000.