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Pizza Delivery Man Expresses Concern for His Safety

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) –Arif Turgat is working the first shift at Empire Pizza since  a worker was robbed by a homeless man, robert Owens, while making a delivery early Sunday morning. “The weird thing is, the person who got robbed last night, he worked here yesterday. Yesterday was his first day,” Turgat said.

Springfield police say officers were patrolling Avon Place around 1am Sunday morning when they saw Owens pushing the delivery man with a gun.

Officers spotted Owens, and went after him, and that’s when he took off.

They called in the k-9 unit, and arrested Owens a short time later.

Arif says these types of situations that make his job dangerous. “The city is pretty unsafe for us. Every night we work in danger. After we’re done, we thank God we are safe and we are good to go back home, and we don’t know about the next night,” he shared.

Although Owens is in custody, that doesn’t really bring Arif piece of mind. “If they’re prepared to do something, there’s nothing we can do about it. We don’t have any money, $20. For change for the customers. They think we have all this money but we don’t,” Arif stated.

Owens faces several charges, including felony firearms possession, and carrying without a license.

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  • dave629

    After several muggers have their guts filled with lead, that trend will change. Carry your piece. Its faster than SPD response.

    • bagpip

      Dave, I mean this with all my heart, and in good faith hope it helps you turn your life around. You are a dirtbag, scummy POS floating around just waiting to murder someone. If you weren’t an imbecile, you would know that the thugs are not afraid of you or your gun, and it would only start a war. Besides which only a filthy little coward carries a gun, because you are mentally ill, and paranoia has taken over.

  • bagpip

    Rick: give up crack, and you won’t need two jobs. Oh mywhat a tough guy “I ain’t hiding behind some email”? What would a scumbag like you do? Oh yeah, fill me full of lead, because you are a paranoid coward that needs a gun.
    If you don’t like my posts then don’t read them pisspot.

  • bagpip

    Oh and BTW, being a “well paid painter” is like winning the special Olympics. My friend is a well paid burger flipper at McDonalds. Did you even finish high school dummy?

  • bagpip

    Oh, the poor widdle baby and his loser life, are angry, frustrated, and mentally disturbed LMFAO! Go to work now you L-O-S-E-R!

  • robn

    Bagpip – you’re the only scumbag here!
    You must be like in ur early 20′s and don’t know sh*t.
    Karma baby, u wait.

    • bagpip

      Wow! You are just another ignorant jerk, who can’t even guess my age within a 40 year span, so you can’t expect me or anyone to take you seriously.

  • robn

    I guess I just can’t believe that someone that old could be that stupid. WOW I feel sorry for you.

  • robn

    If you have to try this hard to get a rise out of people you must have a lonely sad life. :-(

  • bagpip

    My IQ is 3 pts below genius, how about you? Now grow up dummy.

  • JUJU

    I think if you want deliveries, have customers pay by credit or debit cards. If you only have CASH, have customers pick their orders up themselves. (just an opinion and a thought)