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Pistol-packin' pizza man
Robber claims to have gun;
Decatur deliveryman shows
him one

By Seth Burkett
sburkett@decaturdaily.com · 340-2355

A Domino’s employee put an extra topping on a stolen pizza when he pulled a gun on a robber, Decatur police said Friday.

The robber, who had a towel wrapped around his hand, which he had claimed held a gun, fled into the night, spilling the pizza, police said.

Rolando Zargosa, 52, said the masked man who emerged from the shadows outside an apartment at 623 Central Parkway S.W. at 10:15 p.m. Thursday is the first bandit he’s encountered in 10 years of delivering pizzas part time.

But recent robberies involving pizza delivery drivers, including the Jan. 1 and Jan. 2 armed robberies of two Domino’s drivers in Decatur, led Zargosa to arm himself.

“I told them I know it’s against (company) policy, but robberies happened in two other parking lots. In a few months, one got stabbed, one got hit by baseball bat. I have to defend myself somehow," Zargosa said.

According to the report he filed with police, Zargosa complied with the robber’s demands, giving him money and pizza, but when the robber asked for his wallet, he seized the opportunity to turn the tables.

“The victim said his wallet was in the car and he would have to go get it. As the victim walked to his car, he noticed that the suspect was not walking close to him, so he reached into his pocket, pulled out his pistol and pointed it at the suspect,” said Lt. Chris Mathews, a police spokesman.

Zargosa said the robber fled when he saw the gun. He ran into a breezeway between the apartments.

“I didn’t follow him. There’s no telling how many (others) might be inside or waiting (in the breezeway),” Zargosa said.

Instead, he called 911, and police arrived to canvas the area. They didn’t find the robber, who was last seen running north, but they did find some of the pizza on the ground.

The robber, described as a black male about 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighing about 150 pounds, wore a black handkerchief covering his nose and mouth.

Anyone with information can call the police tip line at 341-INFO (4636).

Zargosa said that even though he is licensed to carry a concealed weapon, he violated the rules for Domino’s deliverers.

“I told them the truth, that I have to carry a gun to defend myself,” he said. “I told the manager last night that I’m thinking of quitting anyway because my wife doesn’t like it and it’s a very dangerous job.”

On Nov. 3, a Domino’s driver was transported to Decatur General Hospital after being stabbed in the back during a robbery on Memorial Drive in Decatur.

In two separate robberies in June, Domino’s drivers in Athens suffered beatings.

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