Archive for Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Delivery driver reports assault

Tonganoxie man treated at hospital

January 19, 2005

Tonganoxie police still are searching for three men who a pizza delivery driver said assaulted him Saturday night before stealing cash and checks.

The 27-year-old delivery driver for Gambino's reported that the theft occurred about 7 p.m. behind the restaurant, which is in a retail center just north of the entrance to Stone Creek subdivision off U.S. Highway 24-40.

Help sought

¢ Anyone with information about the assault and theft from a Tonganoxie pizza delivery driver on Saturday night is encouraged to call police, (913) 845-2311.

¢ Police say they are particularly interested in talking with the driver of a silver/gray Jeep Cherokee who pulled into the retail center's parking lot about 7 p.m. Saturday. They believe that driver may have information that could help find the delivery driver's attackers.

Police said the driver, a Tonganoxie resident, was taken by private vehicle to Providence Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan., where he was treated for injuries and released.

The man told police that the suspects pulled him from his vehicle and struck him twice in the head -- once above the eye and again in the back of the head.

Billy Adcox, lead investigator with the police department, said the men took $50 in cash and another $70 in checks.

The men were in a four-door, light-colored Honda Accord with dark primer-type paint on the passenger-side fender.

Adcox still is investigating to learn exactly where the assault occurred. The victim said it took place behind Gambino's, which is on the south side of the building, but Adcox said evidence indicates it occurred farther north.

Police are asking for anyone with information regarding the incident to contact the department. Surveillance video in front of the building shows that a silver/gray Jeep Cherokee pulled into the parking lot just in front of the Honda Accord.

"If we could find out who that is, that would be great," Adcox said. "We're hoping for a witness."

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