In DeKalb County, a suburban area east of Atlanta, at least ten pizza delivery drivers became robbery victims. Callers posing as customers would order pizzas, lure drivers to a fake address, and rob and beat them.
One of those drivers was Equeill Williams, who told his story to WSB-TV reporter Liz Artz.
“Four guys came around the corner. They had guns. They told me to drop to the ground,” Williams said. “I didn’t know what to think. I just laid there, I blacked out.”
Police say in all the cases the suspects took the pizza, cash, wallets and in several cases the delivery driver’s car.
Williams told Artz he thought he was going to die as he lie on the ground at the Marquis Chase Apartments.
“This is the end. I mean it was really scary,” Williams said.
According to Dekalb County Police Department Detective Chastity Cantrell, authorities have arrested four men in conjunction with the robberies, but one is still at large. Police are on the hunt for 33-year-old James Coley, who may have fled to Oakland, California, though some sources say he is still in Georgia.
Cantrell said it’s unusual to have one group commit so many similar type robberies.
“They do a couple, they stop, go to something else, one after the other after the other,” Cantrell said.
Williams told Artz he’s out of the delivery business. He was one of the first victim’s. Artz showed him a picture of victim No. 7, who we are not identifying. The man spent days in the hospital.
“I feel like compared to that, I feel like I’m blessed,” Williams said.
Police told Artz as for the driver’s safety, they should call before going to the door. If no one answers, don’t go to the door and if your gut tells you something is wrong, listen to it and leave.
DeKalb police said they reached out to all the business affected by the robberies and offered a safety seminar. Only one business has responded.
Featured image courtesy of Shutterstock / Yuriy Rudyy