Alleged pizza delivery robbers arrested

Amelia Holliday Staff Reporter aholliday@civitasmedia.com

January 15, 2014

A Papa John’s Pizza delivery employee received more than a tip Monday night after getting knocked out and robbed while trying to deliver pizzas in Perry County.

Jarred Lindon was delivering pizzas to the Cherokee Hills Apartments around 10 p.m. when two males approached his car while he was turned to get the pizzas out of the carrier, Kentucky State Police Trooper Jody Sims said.

“Two male subjects attacked him, knocked him unconscious, and took some money and pizzas,” Sims said, explaining that Lindon was found unconscious in his car by residents of Cherokee Hills and was taken to the hospital and admitted for observation.

Sims said the attackers had ordered with a fake number so as not to be traced, and stole $60 to $70 in cash and three pizzas from Lindon.

According to arrest citations, Lindon stated he had $25 in cash on him at the time of the assault.

“Once some of our troopers and detectives responded and spoke with some of the witnesses and subjects at the scene, they led them to two guys that they ended up placing under arrest,” Sims said.

Those two guys were 19-year-old Jerry Hurt, of Busy, and Austin Coots, 18, of Viper, both of whom were found at an apartment in Cherokee Hills and charged with one count each first-degree robbery.

According to the arrest citiation, Coots admitted to assaulting Lindon.

A call to the Papa John’s Pizza in Hazard for comment or an update on Lindon’s condition had not been returned as of Wednesday afternoon.

Amelia Holliday can be reached at 606-436-5771, or on Twitter @HazardHerald.