Florida chef, 20, who was honored by the White House three months ago is accused of attempted murder after his girlfriend and a security guard at a bus station got into a dispute and he shot him
- Aspiring chef Johnny Brummit, 20, is facing a charge of attempted murder
- Police in Orange County, Florida say he got into a dispute with his girlfriend and a bus station security guard
- Brummit is accused of returning to the scene with the woman’s stepfather, who shot the guard several times
- Brummit, a prep cook at Aloft Hotel, was recognized by the White House three months ago
Johnny Brummit, a 20-year-old chef from Florida, is facing an attempted murder charge
Three months after an aspiring Florida chef was honored at the White House, he’s in an Orlando jail facing an attempted murder charge.
In July, Johnny Brummit was invited to speak during the one-year anniversary of the Trump administration’s Pledge to America’s Workers, which encourages companies to provide education and training.
Orange County Sheriff’s officials say 20-year-old Brummit became involved in an October 17 dispute between his girlfriend, Talia Greene-Stover, 20 and a bus station security officer.
They left after threatened the guard, but returned with the woman’s stepfather, James E. Hird Jr., 43, who allegedly shot the guard several times in the jaw and shoulder, seriously injuring him.
James Hird Jr. allegedly shot a bus station security guard after a dispute involving his stepdaughter Talia Greene-Stover (right)
Brummit, who previously admitted to having a juvenile arrest record, now faces charges as an adult, including robbery with a firearm and battery on a uniformed security officer.
Brummit has been a prep cook at the Aloft Hotel in Orlando after graduating from the Second Harvest Food Bank’s Culinary Training Program.
At the White House ceremony, along side President Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump said Brummit has ‘an amazing story,’
Johnny Brummit was honored by the White House in July, as part of the Trump administration’s Pledge to America’s Workers
Johnny Brummit (far right), at a White House ceremony in July where a Trump administration Pledge to America’s Workers gave him training to become a chef. He’s in jail accused of attempted murder, following a dispute with his girlfriend and a security guard
The American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation, one of over 300 organizations to sign the pledge, had invited Brummit to attend the White House ceremony, where he was one of three workers to speak.
‘Our hearts are really heavy for him, his family and the victim,” Greg Higgerson, vice president of development at Second Harvest Food Bank, told the Orlando Sentinel. Brummit had graduated from a 16-week culinary training program for at-risk and economically disadvantaged students.
Brummit had been promoted twice in less than six months, the Orlando Sentinel said.
‘He shows great promise as a professional. Unfortunately, 16 weeks in our program can teach a lot of things, but it can’t teach personal decision-making.’ Higgerson said.
But now he’s being held without bond. Brummit was arrested along with Hird Jr. and Greene-Stover.
Aloft Hotels general manager Craig Leicester tolds the Sentinel they’re ‘devastated’ by Brummit’s arrest.