Pizza delivery driver speaks out about robbery

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19)  - A pizza deliveryman is speaking out after he was brutally beaten on the job.

Police say four teens lured the LaRosas's driver to an apartment in Mt. Auburn. Two teenagers are under arrest. The other two males are still on the run.

The 34-year old victim works three jobs and says he earns every dollar he makes. Unlike the four young crooks who beat him for $20 and lunch.

The victim asked that we only call him Michael, and not show his face because two of the four teenagers who brutally beat him and robbed him are still on the run. Michael's delivered pizzas for five years. He said he's never run into any trouble while on the job until Sunday.

The deliveryman was called out to an apartment building on the 23-hundred block of Maplewood Avenue on Sunday afternoon to an abandoned unit inside. He said he felt a little leery of the situation when he get out of his car, but decided to go inside anyway. He told FOX19 he had delivered to that same unit once before.

"Against my better judgement, I went inside anyway," said Michael.

He walked up to the second floor. Michael said a teenager answered the door, asked what he owed him, and then moments later, the delivery turned dangerous.

"The kid that was outside, came up in between my legs, stuck his head in between my legs, grabbed my butt and threw me into the apartment," said Michael. "Then three other guys jumped out of separate rooms and started kicking me and hitting me with whatever they could get their hands on. I just kept on screaming 'stop! Stop!' I'll give you whatever you want."

The four suspects wanted Michael to empty his pockets. All he had was $20, a cell phone and the pizza. Michael's manager Tim Dove said that's what they tell all drivers to carry.

"We don't allow them to go out with more than $20, $30 at a time," said Dove. "So if they're getting robbed, they're not getting anything."

So far two of the teenagers have been arrested: a juvenile and 19-year-old Demarco Spikes.

Michael only has one message for the teens.

"I hope you like where you're at because you're going to be there for a while," said Michael.

Michael will be off of work for a few days for a planned vacation, but will return to work soon. He said he'll be a little more careful, but doesn't plan to change his job.

Again, two of the suspects are still out there. Call Crimestoppers if you have any information: 513-352-3040.

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