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Cell phone links Pasco high school student to pizza robberies

HOLIDAY — Two weeks ago on a Saturday night, Papa John's delivery man Terry Wolfe got into his Dodge pickup truck with two pizzas, a box of breadsticks and a 2-liter Coca Cola and headed to 3824 Edgemont Drive.

When Wolfe, 60, arrived at the house, it was dark and seemingly vacant. As he approached the front door and knocked, he sensed a shadow behind him.

A man wielding a tire iron demanded Wolfe give him "all the money."

"Are you kidding me?" Wolfe asked the man, according to a Pasco sheriff's deputy.

The man waved the tire iron until Wolfe handed him $40. Wolfe was not hurt.

On Sept. 22, about five days later, Rebecca Newcomer wasn't so lucky, the Sheriff's Office reported. The 32-year-old Pizza Hut delivery woman arrived at 4212 Grayton Drive in New Port Richey with two pizzas in hand.

She knocked on the front door — no response. Newcomer called the customer's number. He said he was on his way home.

As she started walking away from the house, a man attacked her and struck her on the head with an unknown hard object. She fell to the ground, bleeding profusely.

The man took $65, walked away and then returned for the pizzas.

Deputies interviewed Newcomer at Community Hospital where doctors stitched a wound in her head about five inches long. She supplied a description of her attacker.

On Monday, deputies arrested Malik Jamal Anderson, 17, at Anclote High School where he is a student, according to the report.

Sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said deputies found Anderson by tracking his cell phone, which he had used to order the pizzas. The deputies then went to his neighborhood and asked residents if they knew a man who matched the description.

Anderson admitted the robberies after his arrest, the report said. He was taken to the juvenile detention center and charged with armed robbery and aggravated battery.

Jacqueline Baylon can be reached at jbaylon@sptimes.com or (727) 869-6247.

Cell phone links Pasco high school student to pizza robberies 09/27/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 27, 2011 8:08pm]
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