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Police: Pizza deliverer robbed at gunpoint

BY Carolyn Muyskens - cmuyskens@chronicle-tribune.com

A man delivering pizza for Papa John's was hit in the head and robbed by three men early Tuesday morning, police said.

The victim, a 42-year-old Marion man, was delivering two large pizzas just after midnight to a house at 1125 S. Gallatin St. when he was attacked by the three men, who all had guns.

The victim told Marion police that the men pointed their guns at him and one of them struck him on the head.

It was unclear from police reports if a weapon was used to strike the victim.

The men took the two pizzas, a cell phone and an undetermined amount of cash from the victim and then fled when the victim started yelling for help.

The suspected attackers are described as black males, one slim and six feet tall, another heavier built and six feet tall and the third short and wearing a white hat.

Police said the victim apparently did not require medical attention for his injury.

Katie White, a Papa John's shift manager at the Baldwin Avenue location where the victim worked, said the cash stolen was Papa John's money. 

She said robberies like this don't happen often and employees don't receive special training regarding how to deal with such incidents, but she said drivers are "very aware of the situation" they may be placed in. 

White said she could not comment on Papa John's policies regarding theft from delivery employees.

She said the victim is still working at Papa John's. 

The incident is still under investigation, police said.