A Papa John's Pizza delivery driver was robbed by a man wielding a handgun at about 6:50 p.m. Monday on Lakeshore Drive in Lexington.
The robber hit the victim in the head with the gun and took his wallet, said Lt. David Marcum of the Lexington police. The victim did not need medical treatment, Marcum said.
The robber approached the man as he was walking up to an apartment building at 125 Lakeshore to make a delivery, Marcum said.
Police set up a perimeter and searched with a dog but lost the man's tracks; he is believed to have left in a vehicle, Marcum said.
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There have been a few other robberies of pizza delivery men in the Lakeshore Drive and Richmond Road area within the past 45 days or so, said Lt. Edward Hart of the Lexington police.
"It's a fairly frequent crime in a city this size," he said, noting that some pizza restaurants don't deliver to certain areas of town after a certain time each day.
He said the perpetrators usually find a vacant apartment and order a pizza to it, then hide in the bushes, trees or apartment breezeways. When the delivery man arrives, the robbers confront him, taking money and sometimes the pizza too.
Hart said there is "a very good possibility" that the recent robberies are related, although the drivers have not usually been assaulted in the other cases.