Pizza restaurant managers and owners are taking extra precautions after last Friday night’s murder of Pizza Hut delivery driver Chris Taylor. Vice President of Valentino’s Pizza, Anthony Messinio (mess-SIN-EE-oh) says his delivery drivers are always on alert and they do have rules in place regarding deliveries.
“We tell them not to carry more than 20 dollars in cash and that when they go to a location they keep their lights on on their car.”
Messinio says there are rules in place as to where deliveries can take place. He says his drivers are advised never to go to the back door of a house or building and never arrange to meet on a street corner or other obscure place.
“They should go to a residents and go to the front door and if they don’t feel comfortable to call up.”
Messinio says employers should instruct their delivery personnel to maintain a constant awareness of possible unsafe situations.
“You do need to make sure you have your polices and procedures and safety things in place so something like this would never happen again.”
33 year old Chris Taylor was called to an apartment building at Ida Street and Irvington Road around 11 pm Friday night. He was delivering four pizzas when he was stabbed multiple times in the back. He died at the scene.
Four teenagers have been arrested and face a number of charges. It is believed three of the teens broke into a vacant unit at the complex and called for the pizzas. It is believed when Taylor arrived he was pushed inside the apartment. Bond is set at one-million dollars for 16 year old Bryton Gibbs. Authorities believe Gibbs stabbed Taylor. Two other suspects, 18 year old Larry Fountain and 19 year old Dontavis McClain are also behind bars. Gibbs and McClain are charged with first degree murder, conspiracy to commit a robbery and use of a knife. Fountain is charged with robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery. After the stabbing, the three ran to a car where another 16 year old was waiting behind the wheel and they took off. That teen has not yet been identified. The group got away with $25.