Chittenango: Delivery driver robbed

Three people were arrested June 7 after allegedly attacking a pizza delivery person in Chittenango.

Kaitlyn E. Van Hoose, 18, of John Street in Chittenango; Delron C. Mitchell, 20, of John Street in Chittenango and Mitchell's brother Darren R. Mitchell, 22, of North Geddes Street in Syracuse, are all charged with second-degree robbery/aided by another in connection with the assault and robbery of the victim, an 18-year-old Kirkville resident.

According to police, Van Hoose and the Mitchells decided to call New York Pizzeria, planning to take money from the delivery person. After finding out New York Pizzeria had stopped delivering for the night, police say Van Hoose called Roma's from her cell phone and ordered food for delivery.

According to police statements, the driver said that when he arrived at 111 John St., he was jumped by two men wearing black bandanas. While multiple agencies searched for the two suspects, the victim told police that the woman who placed the order had a boyfriend who stays with her.

Officer Joshua Paul reported that when Madison County Sheriff's Dep. Lance Zaleski asked if he could talk to Van Hoose, she declined, saying she was home with a friend who was asleep. Police asked to talk to the sleeping friend, and Van Hoose allegedly invited police in to search the house. Police said she then said she lived alone but didn't want neighbors to know.

"After looking through the house, two men were located in the basement with a large pizza and 20 hot wings," Paul wrote in his report. "Both men and Van Hoose were then detained pending investigation."

Paul said after the victim identified the two men, they were held as suspects. The trio was arraigned before Chittenango Village Judge John D. Button and remanded to Madison County Jail on an undisclosed amount of bail.

According to staff at Roma's, the victim is doing well. The restaurant opened under new management about seven months ago.

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