Man charged with murder in pizza restaurant stabbing

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- A 33-year-old man is charged with murder in the stabbing of Joey Vitale. 

Tony Devern Streets Jr. is also facing charges of armed robbery and carjacking in connection with Wednesday night incidents that started at Burton Heights Pizza.

Joey Vitale (r)

Grand Rapids Police say Vitale was working at the restaurant when Streets allegedly came in, caused a disturbance and refused to leave.  It was then that Vitale was stabbed.

After that, Streets is accused of robbing another person in the restaurant's parking lot and stealing a car from a third person.  He was taken into custody shortly after the stabbing, police said.

Vitale tried to drive himself to the hospital after the stabbing and crashed on Wealthy Street SE near La Grave.  He died Thursday morning.

Hundreds of loved ones held a vigil for Vitale Thursday evening at Burton Heights Pizza.

Vitale leaves behind a wife and two children. His funeral is set for Monday.

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11 comments

  • JERRY

    THAT POS OF A PERSON SHOULD BE TIED TO A ROPE BEHIND A CAR 20 MILES THEN HUNG FROM A TREE WORTHLES HOOD RAT SCUM OF THE EARTH

  • Terry L

    Agreed, that POS is the scum of society and hope he rots in hell.
    People trying to do business in a rough area and that’s what they get and it’s ust too dam sad.

  • C

    According to WOOD8, this scum is an habitual offender- fourth offense. His life of crime started when he was ten years old. Do ya think the system failed society a long time ago? We need the death penalty in some cases, and this is one.

  • steve

    Another shame is that the family has been operating a business that benefits a large number of good people in an area that many people view as less than top shelf, and then a single scum like this guy could change that. If I were a family decision maker, I close the doors and move. Sorry.

    • Robert E Lee

      LOL! thats funny!!! just ask your local progressive and they would actually believe that. They think you stop a bully with love and being nice they say that “there are just misunderstood”. NO! they are rabid dogs that need to be put down, they need to be taken out of our society. them and ANTIFA….. DOWN WITH ANTIFA and the progressives!!!

  • Robert E Lee

    the only way to deal with a rabid dog is to put them down! Execute this MF!!! I hope the Vitales call in a little Sicilian help. That POS needs to be made an example of. Take him and the guy who killed that female gas station worker a few mos ago and hang them from a light post downtown for art prize. Id vote for that one