Philadelphia delivery man killed by suspect who ordered pizza to vacant house
Pennsylvania police are investigating the death of a pizza delivery man who was killed after being lured to a vacant house on Tuesday night.
Authorities are warning other delivery men in West Philadelphia after Bobby Jenkins, 30, was shot dead in what police say was an ambush-style attack.
"We know these tend to run in patterns," said Philadelphia Police Capt. Jason Smith. "Individuals get a taste for it, so to speak, and then they start committing these similar types of robberies."
Jenkins, who recently began working for Stacy's Pizza as a source of extra income to start his own business, was delivering an order to a West Philadelphia address at around 7 p.m. when he was met at the vacant home by the suspect.
The robber shot Jenkins once in the chest before stealing unspecified items from him and taking off. First responders found the victim's body and rushed him to Lankenau Hospital in Wynwood, Penn., where he was pronounced dead.
Following Jenkin's death, investigators were able to link the attack to a Feb. 17 incident in which another delivery man was robbed after trying to bring a food order to a vacant home, which showed similar signs of forced entry. The driver was uninjured during the incident.
Local police departments are now urging restaurants to tell their delivery men to be extra cautious when bringing orders to addresses they have not visited before.