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Pizza shop manager attacked with machete

Posted October 9, 2008

— A manager of a Fayetteville pizza shop was gashed on his arm Wednesday night by a machete-wielding man, police said.

Ronald Reaves, 32, was attacked at about 6:45 p.m. on Cumberland Drive while on his way home from work at Tony's Pizza, in the Bordeaux Shopping Center at Owen Drive and Village Drive, police said.

Reaves said he was getting out of his car when two men approached him. One man brandished a baseball bat and the other struck him with a machete, leaving a 6-inch gash in his left arm and shoulder, he said.

One of the men jumped into his car and drove off, and the other jumped into another car driven by a female accomplice, he said.

Reaves was treated at Cape Fear Valley Hospital and released.

Another manager at Tony's Pizza said some employees saw the suspects follow Reaves out of the shopping center's parking lot and called police.

Three weeks ago, the owner of Tony's Pizza, Timothy Crossgrove, was shot and killed outside his home after returning home from work.

Police said they aren't sure whether the two incidents are related.


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  • daisy Oct 9, 2008

    Tony's Pizza is my favorite place to get pizza from. This is so sad, the staff there have always been great. My heart goes out to all of them at these difficult times.

  • steinbeck18 Oct 9, 2008

    Yikes! What a horrible way to get hurt-- sounds like an Elmore Leonard novel.

  • jaxmom Oct 9, 2008

    wow... nuff said

  • Just Mojo Oct 9, 2008

    hmmmmmm, ya think?

  • ChristaS Oct 9, 2008

    wonder if it has something to do with the pizza?

  • rick_slick Oct 9, 2008

    Gee - no description at all of the assailants. Not from the guy who got slashed, not from the people in the store, not from anyone. That doesn't seem very likely now does it?

  • Just the facts mam Oct 9, 2008

    Glad I do not live in Fayetteville..

  • jobchick2004 Oct 9, 2008

    I have two friends who were both working for Pizza businesses in Raleigh---one was carjacked and the other beaten . . .not at the same time of course. They are both doing something else now (and who could blame them). But I really feel for any type of delivery persons and cab drivers these days.

  • Scubagirl Oct 9, 2008

    They did say last night on the news that pistol permits and classes have increased a lot lately for this very reason.

  • PearlMonteverde Oct 9, 2008

    This sounds like MS-13....they use the machete! Very sad this is in NC.