SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

December 16, 2013

Police: Papa Gino's driver robbed

By Jonathan Phelps
Staff Writer

---- — BEVERLY — A Papa Gino’s deliveryman was robbed at knifepoint on Rantoul Street Friday night, police said.

The robbery happened around 9:31 p.m. after the driver was called to 352 Rantoul St.

The driver went to the second floor of the building where the pizza was ordered, but the residents said they didn’t order anything.

As he left, the driver was confronted by a man, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, wearing a black jacket with a red scarf over his face.

“The party pulled out a folding knife and said he wanted all his money,” Lt. Michael Devlin said.

The robber made off with a “small amount of cash” and the pizza, which was still in a insulated bag, Devlin said.

He fled toward Park Street. No injuries were reported, and the incident remains under investigation.

Police searched the area for the suspect, apparently to no avail, according to police scanner reports.

The incident bore similarities to the attempted robbery of a Papa Gino’s driver on June 26, during which a man in a gray hooded sweatshirt showed a gun to a driver and demanded money. That incident happened at 25 Federal St. — less than a third of a mile from 352 Rantoul St. — at approximately 9:10 p.m.

In that case, the driver fought back, and during the ensuing altercation, he was able to grab the gun and strike his assailant in the face. Police searched for the suspect but were unable to locate him.

A woman who answered the phone at Papa Gino’s Friday night said she was unable to comment.

Staff writer Neil H. Dempsey contributed to this report.