Suspects attempt to rob pizza delivery driver, shots exchanged

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published September 11, 2018

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WARREN — An attempted robbery of a pizza delivery driver resulted in an exchange of gunfire outside the Hoover Square Apartments, near 10 Mile and Hoover roads, shortly after midnight Sept. 10.

“The delivery driver was called there to deliver an order: a large pizza, breadsticks and a 20-ounce Coke,” said Detective Sgt. Paul Houtos, of the Warren Police Department. “It came in from a cellphone. He parked in the parking lot and was flagged down by the suspects.”

Two men, both described as black and 19 years old, were reportedly on foot when they made contact with the driver. Both men were wearing hooded sweatshirts. One of the men was slightly shorter than the other and had a smaller build.

“He (the driver) went over. They confirmed they called the order in,” Houtos said. “The one guy took the pizza from the delivery guy and told the other guy to pay him, at which time the second suspect brandished a handgun and told the driver to give him everything.”

The driver reportedly said he didn’t have any money on him and ran back to his vehicle on foot. One of the suspects took the pizza while the other suspect fired two or three rounds at the driver.

“Unfortunately for him, the driver is a CPL holder and he ended up returning fire,” Houtos said. “Nobody hit anybody. A couple cars in the parking lot were struck.”

Police also said one round apparently hit an apartment window. No injuries were reported. The suspects both fled on foot, and the investigation remained ongoing as police continued to analyze evidence found at the scene.

Houtos said it was unclear if the attempted robbery was a setup or if the suspects opted to rob a driver delivering an order to an actual customer.

“We don’t know which way it went,” Houtos said.

Anyone with information about the incident or the suspects can reach Warren detectives at (586) 574-4810.