Robber tailed pizza delivery driver before hold-up


Published: Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 1:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 1:00 p.m.

An armed robber ran up to a pizza delivery driver stopped at a red light and held-up the employee Tuesday night, Gainesville police reported.

The Domino’s Pizza employee tried to chase the getaway vehicle, but the suspect drove off from the area of NW 23rd Avenue and NW 15th Street, police reported. No one was hurt during the robbery, which occurred at about 7:30 p.m. The robber escaped with more than $100 and a credit card.

The employee told officers a suspicious vehicle appeared to be following him as he was making deliveries, said police spokeswoman Officer Summer Hallett. The other motorist would pull over at times when the employee would stop. As the employee headed north in the 2300 block of NE 15th Street, the other driver stopped behind him and appeared to try and get out of the car but then sped off.

Shortly afterward, when the employee had stopped at a red light, a man came up to the passenger’s side of the vehicle and pulled out a gun. The robber told the driver to give him money and his wallet or he would shoot him, Hallett said.

The suspect was described as white, about 5-foot-8, with a slight moustache and a thin build. He was wearing a red hoodie with green shorts and military-style boots. The getaway vehicle was an older model sedan with faded, peeling green paint.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to contact Lt. Rob Koehler or Sgt. Mike Douglas at (352)334-2400.

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