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UPDATE: Police Investigate After Delivery Driver Robbed and Abducted in Elliott Neighborhood

Date: January 3, 2023
Incident Type: Robbery
Location: Zone 6

UPDATE: Zone 6 plainclothes detectives have arrested one juvenile in connection with this incident.

They face charges of Robbery, Aggravated Assault, and Kidnapping.

Original incident details:

Just before 10 p.m. Pittsburgh Police from Zone 6 were called to take a report of a robbery and abduction that had occurred a short time earlier in the 900 block of Phoenix Street.

A male pizza delivery driver told responding officers he had stopped his vehicle at 9:30 p.m. to find the delivery address when he was approached by three males all dressed in black, each with a black handgun. He says they demanded and stole money from him, as well as his car keys, wallet, cell phone and shoes.

The victim told police the suspects then kicked the back of his knees so he would fall to the ground and then began beating him with their handguns and fists, before putting him in the trunk of his car. He reports that the vehicle was driven an unknown distance before the suspects got out and left him in the trunk. When he believed they had left the area he says he was able to get into the car through the backseats and walk to call police from the 1300 block of Hassler Street.

The male had visible injuries such as a swollen jaw and bruises, but he refused medical treatment or transport.

Police located the vehicle at the ball park at Herschel Field and had it towed to the auto squad for processing. There are no arrests at this time. Zone detectives will investigate.


Reporting PIO:
Cara Cruz