Robber: I rolled pizza delivery man because I was hungry
MEDIA COURTHOUSE » A Chester man who previously admitted to police that he helped rob a Domino’s Pizza delivery driver because he and his two accomplices were hungry entered an open guilty plea to conspiracy Wednesday.
Lashon Scriven, 21, of the 1400 block of Edgmont Avenue, was sentenced to six to 23 months at the county prison in Concord with five years of consecutive probation. No restitution was ordered.
Scriven voluntarily admitted to the Oct. 9 robbery while talking with city Detective Charles “Randy” Bothwell and county Detective Thomas Scarpato in November on an unrelated matter.
He said the trio ordered food to be delivered from Domino’s Pizza at an abandoned house under a fictitious name on Sandelands Street, according to an affidavit of probable cause written by Chester Detective Lawrence Weigand III.
Scriven was seated outside the house with money when the delivery driver arrived. He said after paying for the food, the two accomplices came out with guns and robbed the driver, ordering him to get on the ground and remove his shoes.
After taking the man’s wallet, cash and food, the three men left the scene in the delivery vehicle, which was abandoned near the old Smedley School building.
“The robbery was done because the actors were hungry,” Scriven said, according to the affidavit.
Scriven had been charged with robbery, theft, reckless endangerment, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, disorderly conduct, crime committed with a firearm, firearms not to be carried without a license and additional conspiracy offenses, all of which were dismissed under the plea.
Assistant District Attorney Michael Hill did not recommend a sentence due to the open nature of the plea, but did note Scriven’s voluntary admission to detectives.
The standard range sentence for conspiracy to robbery is 18 to 30 months, but defense attorney Nicholena Iacuzio-Rushton asked for a reduction due to Scriven’s cooperation with authorities.
She noted her client has completed an anger management class since he was incarcerated April 9 and has a job waiting for him upon his release. She added that he hopes to attend culinary school.
Common Pleas Court Judge John Capuzzi acquiesced to the downward departure because Scriven had “manned up” in admitting guilt, but asked that he remain crime-free and not make the court look foolish.
In addition to prison time and probation, Scriven will have to provide a DNA sample to state police. He will also be given credit for time served.
District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Emily Harris said the other two men involved in the robbery remain unknown.