4Th pizza delivery driver to be targeted in string of robberies
Posted: Dec 10, 2011 5:48 AM EST | Updated: Nov 6, 2014 1:49 PM EST
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- South Bend police say a man ordered a pizza from a vacant home he broke into and then tried to steal the pizza and money from the pizza delivery guy.
This is the fourth pizza delivery setup in just over a week. Two of those robberies happened over the weekend, which now has pizza places on edge.
Joselyn Ellington lives next to the house that was used Thursday night by the robber to setup the pizza delivery driver.
Ellington says she was in her kitchen, around 6:30 p.m. Thursday night, when she heard a commotion outside.
"I was like what the heck is going on? I just saw a bunch of lights and a bunch of police cars," says Ellington.
When Ellington looked out the window she saw police wrestling with 23-year-old Dominique Jones.
Investigators say Jones was inside the vacant house, on the 1200 block of East Miner Street, when police officers arrived. Police caught Jones running out the back door of the home.
"When they took him out front, police grabbed him by the hair and threw him to the ground and he was putting up a fight."
Police were called to the house after a Pizza Hut employee reported someone tried to rob him.
Earlier that evening, the employee was delivering a pizza to the house when the man who answered the door grabbed the driver and tried pulling him into the house.
That is when the pizza delivery driver dropped the pizza and ran.
"That just made me feel even more unsafe living here because I know it's still going on in this neighborhood," says Ellington.
Jones was arrested on charges of battery, resisting an officer and disorderly conduct. However, Police say Jones has not been formally booked or charged for this latest robbery.