May 01--A Papa John's delivery driver who was dropping off some pizzas in Deltona was met with pepper spray instead of cash Saturday afternoon, deputies say.
Nicholas Mutchler, 22, was knocking on a door to deliver several pies to a home on Abbott Avenue when he heard someone call him from across the street, said Volusia County Sheriff's Office spokesman Andrew Gant
Mutchler thought the person was the one who ordered the pizzas and met him near his vehicle, deputies said.
He handed the pizzas to the suspect and waited for payment.
The suspect went into his pocket as if to get money but instead pulled out pepper or chemical spray and used it on the delivery man.
"Mutchler ran down the street yelling for help and saw the suspect and two others get into his vehicle and drive away," Gant said.
All three suspects were in their teens or early 20s. One was wearing cargo shorts and a green polo shirt with an eagle logo. He was thin and about -feet tall with short hair, Gant said.
Mutchler's car is a 2014 Dodge Avenger with several stickers on the back window and Florida State University tag No. WM69S. It was last seen heading westbound on Interstate 4.
Mutchler was taken to Florida Hospital Fish Memorial as a precaution.
Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 888-277-8477.
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