FORT PIERCE, Fla. – A Fort Pierce pizza delivery driver turned the tables on a would-be armed robber, police say.
Goodfella’s Pizza employee John Parker was delivering a pizza in the area of 17th Street and Avenue L around 8 p.m. Sunday.
He said when he got in the neighborhood, he realized the address the caller used to place the order was fake.
Because that’s a red flag as a possible safety risk, Parker said he started to turn around.
At that moment, he said a man, who police identified as Marvin Reaves, flagged him down.
He assumed it was the person who ordered the pizza.
“I was thinking maybe it could have been a mistake in address,“ Parker said.
Then, he said Reaves pulled out a gun and demanded all of his cash.
Parker paused and said he told Reaves he had more cash in the car he could give him.
“I was able to get distance between me and him and get back to my vehicle and disclose my weapon,” Parker said.
Parker said he opened fire and shot Reaves in the legs and pelvis.
In other articles, it is mentioned that the driver does not have a Concealed Weapons Permit and that is why he was doing off-body carry inside the vehicle and I presume legal carry according Florida Statutes. Yu guys know my position: If you are going to have guns in Florida, there is no reason why you should nit have a Concealed Weapons Permit. It is a $97 investment on peace of mind in more than one way.
But what made me smile was the following:
The owner of Goodfella’s says his drivers have the right to arm themselves.Parker’s colleagues are glad he took his safety seriously.“Hopefully they get the message that we’re not going to take crap anymore,” said delivery driver Anthony Ramunno.Parker said other employees have been robbed in that area before and can refuse to deliver pizzas to that area. “Pizza delivery, it’s shaky business sometimes.”
It is good to know that the driver will not only keep his job, but the owners understands the dangers and allows for his drivers to defend themselves.
We are winning one business at the time.