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Pizza shop manager attacked with machete

Posted October 9, 2008 12:12 p.m. EDT
Updated October 9, 2008 6:03 p.m. EDT

— 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.