Domino's driver told to repay money lost in attack
Posted March 5, 2010
Updated March 6, 2010
Raleigh, N.C. — A former Knightdale Domino's Pizza delivery driver says his employer told him he must repay the money stolen from him when he was attacked and robbed on the job Wednesday night.
"I just feel like my life was threatened. I don't see why I should have to pay $61 back," Trevor Johnson said Friday. "I think it's crazy."
Johnson, 20, said he was delivering to a Raleigh apartment Wednesday night when five people wearing red bandanas attacked him and took his money, cell phone and the pizzas.
"As soon I turned to the left, I got hit in the face, and I went down, and they just started stomping me," he said. "If you look at my lips, it's busted across my two front teeth. My bottom lip got busted. My nose got busted pretty bad."
Johnson said he returned to the store and quit. Before he left though, he said, his manager told him he had to pay back the stolen money.
"No final decision has been made yet, but there is a companywide policy that says drivers are not supposed to carry more than $20 on them at any time," storeowner Pat O'Leary said Friday.
O'Leary said the policy is in place to help prevent drivers from becoming robbery targets. He's waiting until the police investigation is complete before deciding whether the money has to be repaid.
"I feel like, if I didn't have anything to give the dudes, they might not have stopped attacking me," Johnson said.
Raleigh police have since arrested Shaequan Johnson, 16, Lyndon Ore, 16, and Joshua Bishop, 18, all of Raleigh, and are looking for two other suspects in the case.
They are charged with one felony count each of strong-arm robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery, a Raleigh police spokeswoman said. They were in the Wake County jail Friday under a $25,000 bonds.
"I'm just glad they got caught," Johnson said. "I'm hoping they have to serve some time or something."
Coincidentally, the Domino's Pizza where Johnson worked is the same store where Kenneth "Kenny" Ring was found beaten Jan. 9. He died from his injuries two days later.
Police have said it appears Ring was injured in an apparent robbery, and they are still seeking suspects in the case.
Anyone with information, regardless of how insignificant it might seem, should call Knightdale police at 919-217-2261. A reward for information leading to an arrest in the case is more than $20,000.