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Pizza delivery driver attacked, car stolen in Deltona, deputies say

Driver hit with pepper or chemical spray before 3 people took off with car

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DELTONA, Fla. – A pizza delivery driver was hit with pepper or chemical spray before three people took off with his car, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said.

Deputies were sent to the 800 block of Abbott Avenue in Deltona about 12:46 p.m. Saturday.

The 22-year-old Papa John's driver told investigators he was about to knock on a door when someone called to him from across the street as if he had ordered the pizzas.

Deputies said the driver met the person near his vehicle, gave him the pizzas and awaited payment.

The person went into his pocket as if to get money, but instead pulled out the spray and used it on the delivery driver, deputies said.

The delivery driver ran down the street, yelling for help and saw the person and two others get into his vehicle and drive away, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The three were described by deputies as black males in their late teens or early 20s with one of them wearing a green polo-style shirt with an eagle logo and cargo shorts. Deputies said he was thin and about 6 feet tall with short hair.

The car that was stolen was a 2014 Dodge Avenger with several stickers on the back window and a Florida State University tag reading WM69S. Deputies said it was last seen westbound on I-4 near exit 101C (Sanford/Mount Dora, State Road 46) in Seminole County.

The delivery driver was taken to Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City as a precaution, deputies said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 911, 386-860-7030 or Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida at 888-277-TIPS. Tipsters can also text a tip by texting TIP231 plus the message to CRIMES.

Deputies said anyone who provides information to Crime Stoppers will remain anonymous and can qualify for a reward of up to $5,000.