Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are trying to locate a man and a woman who kidnapped and robbed a Papa John’s pizza delivery driver late Monday.
Employees at the Papa John’s on East 4th Street called police around 2:30 a.m. saying one of their drivers hadn’t returned from a delivery after several hours.
Officers found the driver’s unoccupied car in the 200 block of Baldwin Avenue, about a block away from the restaurant.
Police said that when the man was delivering pizzas, he was approached by two people who pointed a gun at him and forced him into a vehicle. The suspects drove the deliveryman to an ATM and forced him to withdraw money, which they took from him.
During the investigation, police in Archdale – about an 80-minute drive northeast of Charlotte – notified CMPD that the delivery driver was located in their jurisdiction, unharmed.
Police identified one suspect as a black male in his mid-20s, approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall. The second suspect is a black female, though police didn’t have a better description.
Anyone with information about the kidnapping and robbery is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. Tipsters are eligible for a reward for information that leads to an arrest.
Peter Collins, the senior director of public relations for Papa John’s, said the company is cooperating with investigators.
“Team member safety is of the utmost importance to Papa John’s,” Collins said in a statement. “We are cooperating with local authorities in their efforts to apprehend those responsible for this incident. We are relieved to report the driver is safe. We’ve offered him counseling as a result of these events.”