Pizza delivery man may have
saved his own life -- with a gun
Originally published as:
Kidnapped delivery man pulls gun on two
Originally published February 2,
2001 at http://www.TheAdvocate.com
OPELOUSAS, LOUISIANA -- A kidnapped pizza
delivery man had an unnerving surprise for his captors Wednesday, an Opelousas
Police spokesman said.
The Domino’s delivery man was taking a pizza
to a house on Planters Street early Wednesday, Maj. Ronnie Trahan said.
The house looked empty. A man walked up to the
delivery man, who asked if anyone lived there, Trahan said.
The man offered to knock on the door and ask.
The delivery man began walking back to the car when the stranger pulled a gun
and placed it against the delivery man’s head, Trahan said.
The gunman asked for money and the delivery
man’s car keys. Just then, a second robber appeared and hit the delivery man
in the head with what may have been a baseball bat, Trahan said.
The robbers shoved the stunned and dazed
delivery man into the back seat of his own car and drove to an industrial area,
The delivery man remembered he had a gun in the
car, Trahan said.
He got the gun in hand, put it to the head of
one of his captors and pulled the trigger. The gun didn’t fire, Trahan said.
But the click got the attention of the
kidnappers, who stopped the car and ran, Trahan said.
The pizza delivery man ran into a nearby wooded
Once in the woods, he made the gun operational.
He heard noises and squeezed off two shots in the direction of the kidnappers.
Finally, he heard his car drive away, Trahan
The delivery man forced his way into a business
in the industrial park, but couldn’t find a phone. He finally made it to a
nearby house to call police.
The robbers set his car on fire on North
Railroad Avenue, Trahan said.
Police tracked the phone call that sent the man
on the delivery. The call had been placed from a house on Herman Street, Trahan
Someone at the house told police that
18-year-old Quinton Richard, of 738 Kim Drive, and a 16-year-old boy had stopped
by the house between 11 and 11:30 p.m. Tuesday.
They watched TV for awhile, made a phone call,
then left, police learned.
Police caught up with the two and booked them
both with aggravated battery, armed robbery, simple arson, carjacking and
second-degree kidnapping, Trahan said.
Richard was out on bond awaiting sentencing for
armed robbery of an Opelousas bank, Trahan said.
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