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Second Domino's driver robbed

By Seth Burkett
sburkett@decaturdaily.com 340-2355

While a robber was sticking up a second pizza delivery driver in Decatur on Tuesday, the victim of the previous day's robbery was quitting his job.

Daniel de Quesada didn't want to tempt fate after Monday night's robbery, in which a masked man stepped inside the doorway of an enclosed staircase and drew a gun as de Quesada descended the stairs after making a delivery to Room 300 of Studio 9, an inn at 440 Johnston St. S.E.

"He wasn't very frantic or anything. He was real calm about it. He told me to give him money, and I did. It seemed to me he had done this before and knew what he was doing. ... If he was that calm, I think that if I had tried to run or refused or something, he probably would have shot me," de Quesada said

'It's just not worth it'

The 25-year-old Decatur resident hung up his Domino's Pizza hat for fear of risking another robbery with a different outcome.

"I thought about going to work the next night, but I couldn't sleep. I've got a wife and a kid, so it's just not worth it. If he'd of shot me, nobody could have seen it," de Quesada said.

"I've never been robbed before. My family owned Mando's pizza for 40 years and we were never robbed, though we didn't deliver for very long. That's why my grandfather said he wanted to stop deliveries, was because the risk of someone being robbed was too high."

Apparently, the risk is high.

Another Domino's Pizza driver, Diana Horsewood, 51, walked down a staircase and into a similar stickup at Albany Landing Apartments, 416 Hay Drive S.W., at about 4:55 p.m. Tuesday.

A masked man with a handgun took Horsewood's money bag and ordered her to go back up the stairs and wait while he left, said Lt. Chris Mathews, a police spokesman.

Similarities

There are similarities not only in the crimes, but also in the descriptions victims gave police, but investigators said Wednesday they could not say whether the masked and hooded black males described in both cases might be the same man.

De Quesada told police the man wore a brown-and-tan hood and a black ski mask. Prior to the robbery, de Quesada had seen the man in the hotel parking lot, sitting in the front seat of a "gold" 1990s model Chevrolet Suburban.

Horsewood told police the man who robbed her wore a brown hood and dark mask. She saw him leaving the apartment complex in a "light brown" 1980s or 90s model Chevrolet Suburban.

Description

De Quesada said he saw some facial hair through the mouth hole of the mask and believes the man might have a small mustache. He further described the man as deep-voiced, standing about 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighing between 150 and 170 pounds.

De Quesada said he warned his two brothers, who also work as delivery drivers, to be on the lookout for the man who robbed him.

"I hope the cops catch him. They were really quick on getting to my call, and I was pleased with that," de Quesada said.

The last known instance of a delivery driver being robbed in Decatur in 2006 turned bloody. On Nov. 3, a young man armed with a knife stabbed Domino's employee Joe Harton in the back. Harton was treated at Decatur General Hospital and later released.

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