Madison County

Richmond police arrest adult, two teens in robbery of pizza delivery driver

Richmond police have arrested an adult and two teenagers in connection with the robbery of a pizza delivery driver whose employer was donating proceeds to a fund for the family of slain police officer Daniel Ellis.

On Thursday, police charged Jacob M. Taylor, 18, of Richmond and two Richmond boys, ages 14 and 17, in connection with the Tuesday robbery, according to a news release.

Richmond police received a tip that led to the identity of the three suspects. A search of Taylor’s home on Linden Street resulted in the recovery of evidence linking him to the crime, the news release said. The two juveniles were identified shortly thereafter.

The robbery happened about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday as a Papa John’s Pizza driver was delivering six pizzas, valued at $48, to the 100 block of Pine Street. As he got out of his car, he was approached by three young men. One indicated that he needed to get the money together to pay the driver, but instead slammed the driver into his car.

The other two joined in the assault of the driver before making off with the pizzas and a small amount of cash. The driver, a volunteer firefighter from Frankfort, returned to Papa John’s, where he reported the robbery to police. The driver had only minor injuries that did not require medical attention.

At the time of the delivery, Papa John’s was donating the proceeds from the day’s sales to the fund for the family of fallen Richmond officer Ellis.

Taylor was charged with second-degree robbery and is being held in the Madison County jail.

The 17-year-old also was charged with second-degree robbery, the 14-year-old was arrested Friday on the same charge. The juveniles were being held in the Fayette County Regional Juvenile Detention Center.