• Pizzeria crew binds bungling burglars by request

    Tags: Crime

BOSTON -- Two gunmen who originally took hostages at a Pizza Hut in Boston on Sept. 7, asked the store's crew to make them look like hostages when it appeared their attempted robbery would fail.

According to the Boston Herald, the robbers asked the crew to tie them up in an effort to persuade the cops that the bad guys escaped.

Police eventually were told the truth by one of the real hostages, who had been released by the robbers on condition he didn't call for help.

Orlando Reyes, manager of the Pizza Hut and one of the staffers held captive, played along with the kidnappers' binding request. Reyes told the paper: "I said, 'I'm going to go outside and tell the police officers the bad guys left and you guys were tied up with us.' "

Johnathan Ortega and Miguel Angel Correa were later arrested and charged with kidnapping, attempted robbery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition.

* In other pizza crime news, a bullet fired by a Tacoma, Wash., resident narrowly missed a delivery driver who attempted to deliver a pizza to the wrong address.

According to the News Tribune, on the night of Sept. 6, the unidentified driver suffered only minor scratches on his hand from glass flying behind a bullet fired through the residence's storm door, according to a police report.

A police report said that the homeowner wasn't expecting company and answered the door with a 38-caliber gun in hand. The man later told police he was fearful of strangers at his door due to an ongoing string of robberies and shootings in his neighborhood. He told them that the gun went off accidentally.

No arrest was made.

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