Trio car­jacks Elk­ton pizza de­liv­ery­man at gun­point

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL & REGIONAL - By CARL HAMIL­TON ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

ELK­TON — Three sus­pects re­mained on the loose Thurs­day af­ter car­jack­ing a pizza de­liv­ery worker at gun­point in an Elk­ton shop­ping cen­ter a day ear­lier, po­lice re­ported.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred about 1 p.m. on Wed­nes­day be­hind Nino’s Pizza in the Vil­lage of Elk­ton shop­ping plaza in the 800 block of East Pu­laski High­way, ac­cord­ing to Capt. Joseph Zurolo, an Elk­ton Po­lice Depart­ment spokesman.

“The vic­tim, a de­liv­ery driver for Nino’s Pizza, was stand­ing in the rear park­ing lot next to his ve­hi­cle when he was ap­proached from be­hind by three in­di­vid­u­als. As the vic­tim turned around, he ob­served one of the sus­pects hold­ing a black in color hand­gun. The sus­pect with the hand­gun de­manded the vic­tim hand over his keys to his ve­hi­cle,” Zurolo out­lined.

Af­ter the em­ployee handed over his keys to the gun­man, a sec­ond rob­ber punched the worker in the face, po­lice said. At that point, po­lice added, the em­ployee ran back into the res­tau­rant – where he watched the three­some flee in his ve­hi­cle east in the west­bound lane of East Pu­laski High­way.

Eye­wit­nesses told EPD in­ves­ti­ga­tors that the rob­bers con­tin­ued driv­ing the wrong way down the high­way un­til they reached a portion of road near the Trac­tor Sup­ply Co. in the 1100 block of East Pu­laski High­way, where the ve­hi­cle “spun and struck a guardrail,” ac­cord­ing to Zurolo. Af­ter the ve­hi­cle re­cov­ered, the driver went into the east­bound lane of East Pu­laski High­way and con­tin­ued to­ward Delaware, he re­ported.

EPD alerted Delaware au­thor­i­ties but, as of Thurs­day af­ter­noon, the trio re­mained at large and the ve­hi­cle had not been re­cov­ered.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors have re­leased a sur­veil­lance video of three “per­sons of in­ter­est” who were seen in the area of where the car­jack­ing oc­curred, around the time that it hap­pened, and de­tec­tives are ask­ing for the pub­lic’s help in iden­ti­fy­ing the three peo­ple.

The gun­man is de­scribed as a black man, about 18 years old, ap­prox­i­mately 5’11 with a medium build­ing, last seen wear­ing a white T-shirt and shorts.

A sec­ond sus­pect is de­scribed as a black teen, about 16 years old, ap­prox­i­mately 5’8 with a medium build, last seen wear­ing a white T-shirt and light col­ored shorts.

The third sus­pect is de­scribed as a “heavy­set” black teen, also about 16 years old, last seen wear­ing a white Tshirt and light shorts.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion that might help in this in­ves­ti­ga­tion is asked to call Det. Sgt. An­drew Tuer of the Elk­ton Po­lice Depart­ment at 410-398-4200, ext. 35.

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In­ves­ti­ga­tors have re­leased a sur­veil­lance video of three “per­sons of in­ter­est” who were seen in the area of where the car­jack­ing oc­curred, around the time that it hap­pened, and de­tec­tives are ask­ing for the pub­lic’s help in iden­ti­fy­ing the three peo­ple.

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