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Man turns himself in after killing Italian tourist with one fatal punch in argument over beer at New York grocery store

ght ? and paid for it with his life. A 37-year-old man, visiting his girlfriend in the city, was pestering customers to buy him beer at a Bronx bodega just after midnight on Friday. One of the fed-up strangers unleashed an open-handed smack to Oliver D?Orio as they squared off outside the Guerrero Deli on Washington Ave. in Belmont. The blow sent the Italian man tumbling onto the sidewalk. He cracked his head on the ground, immediately lost consciousness and later died. ?He was being obnoxious, bugging people for a drink,? said Frankie, a witness who lives in the area and declined to give his last name. ?It was some b------t argument ? back and forth.? It was D?Orio?s 10th day in the city. He planned to return to hi Read more: <a href=http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/theshack/man-killed-customers-bronx-bodega-buy-beer-blog-entry-1.1803999#ixzz32m9xjh1b" />

  • The unnamed suspect is shown on surveillance video punching Oliver D'Orio in the face outside the bodega
  • D'Orio, a Swiss national in the city visiting his girlfriend, staggered backward and hit his head on the ground
  • He died at a local hospital
  • The suspect went into hiding Friday until turning himself in Sunday

The Bronx man shown in surveillance video beating a foreign tourist to death early Friday in the Bronx has surrendered to police.

Police are not identifying the man who fatally punched 37-year-old Swiss tourist Oliver D’Orio outside a bodega in the normally safe Fordham area of the city’s northernmost borough.

D’Orio made the mistake of asking a group of men inside the Guerrero Bodega to buy him beer, sources told the New York Daily News, that’s when his problems began.

Fatal punch: Oliver D'Orio is shown being slugged in the face early Friday morning by the suspect

Fatal punch: Oliver D'Orio is shown being slugged in the face early Friday morning by the suspect

Oliver D'Orio
The suspect

A man and his suspected killer: Oliver D'Orio (right) pictured only a day before he would die after security footage showed him being punched by the suspect on the right

Security video shown on WNBC first shows D’Orio (in a blue polo shirt) talking to a group of men, including a man with an afro later shown punching him, inside the store.

The group appears to get into a disagreement with D’Orio and everyone heads outside.

D’Orio is seen walking away and goes off camera before returning with his shirt off and appearing to confront the man with the afro outside the store.

He turns his head to the side and the man suck punches him in the face.

The Swiss national staggers backwards before falling onto the sidewalk and hitting his head.

He went into cardiac arrest at the scene and was taken to a local hospital where he died, said police.

Disagreement: D'Orio (in blue) is seen inside the store arguing with a group, the man who would eventually punch him dead is at the top right side of the footage

Disagreement: D'Orio (in blue) is seen inside the store arguing with a group, the man who would eventually punch him dead is at the top right side of the footage

Beginning of the end: D'Orio and the group go outside, the tourist then re-approaches them with his shirt off

Beginning of the end: D'Orio and the group go outside, the tourist then re-approaches them with his shirt off

Fatal decision: D'Orio looks to his left as his attacker winds up the sucker punch

Fatal decision: D'Orio looks to his left as his attacker winds up the sucker punch

A $2,000 reward was being offered for information leading to the arrest of D’Orio’s killer, but the suspect reportedly turned himself in Sunday to the 48 precinct before the neighbourhood turned on him.

D’Orio was in New York to visit his girlfriend. He had posted many pictures of himself in the city to his Facebook page in the hours before he died.

Residents of the neighbourhood, which surrounds the Bronx campus of Fordham University, told NY1 the crime sent shockwaves through the normally quiet enclave.

‘It's sad that he was on vacation and that had to happen, and it's also sad for the Bronx and the people that live here that they get that bad rep,’ said one person. ‘People might not want to come here, but it's a nice place to come, to live, to visit.’

Down for the count: D'Orio staggers backwards after being hit, falls on the ground and bashes his head into the pavement - he would die from his injuries

Down for the count: D'Orio staggers backwards after being hit, falls on the ground and bashes his head into the pavement - he would die from his injuries

Where it happened: The Guerrero bodega in the Fordham section of the Bronx

Where it happened: The Guerrero bodega in the Fordham section of the Bronx

Hours before his death: D'Orio posted this picture to his Facebook only a few hours before he was pronounced dead

Hours before his death: D'Orio posted this picture to his Facebook only a few hours before he was pronounced dead

Another person insisted the area is ‘very safe. Very safe’ and said that ‘everybody's nice. I don't know what happened.’

A witness named only as Frankie suggested to the Daily News that D’Orio was ‘being obnoxious [and] bugging people for a drink.

‘It was some b------t argument, back and forth.’

D’Orio had been in the city for 10 days and was to return home to Europe this week.

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Comment by Tony Green on May 27, 2014 at 5:36pm
Yep, he will probably get off. The tourist came back at them with his shirt off and still arguing as the aggressor... The guy throwing the punch was fearful for his safety is what the attorney will say... Even though they both had the opportunity to walk away.
Comment by caribbeanrose on May 27, 2014 at 3:15pm

sad very sad

Comment by Carlos Louhisdon on May 27, 2014 at 12:22am

The dude that sucker punched D’Orio in the face instead of wasting his talent on a street brawl he should have become a prize fighter than he would be able to show the world how much of a man he really was. Instead he’ll spend the rest of his natural life in prison for a bullshit fight that had no merit.  

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