ATHENS, Ga. – A University of Georgia student was robbed, shot and kidnapped while working to make some extra cash delivering pizzas. Athens-Clarke County Police are looking for the attackers who almost killed the young man.
It happened Thursday night in Athens. Robert Collins, 19, was robbed at gunpoint, shoved in the trunk of his car, and driven a few miles down the road to this park where he’s shot multiple times. Online Athens reported, ‘The suspects already got what they wanted, having robbed the student of a pizza and cash, yet they shot at him anyway and blindly, while the student was inside the closed trunk of his own car. Luckily, according to police, the bullets missed the student’s head and vital organs’.
Captain Mike Hunsinger, Commander of Criminal Investigation Divisions for the Athens-Clarke County Police Department said the suspects thought Collins was dead
“They intended for him not to be able to identify them,” said Captain Hunsinger. “This is such a heinous case, it’s just pure evil. Certainly the initial motive was to rob him but as anybody knows pizza drivers don’t carry that much money on the. Intent was to obviously murder him.”
Police are telling delivery drivers to err on the side of caution. Take time to get a phone number, stop and Google the location to make sure it’s real. In this case, the address was a fake.
“Team member safety is of the utmost importance to Papa John’s. We are cooperating with local authorities in their efforts to apprehend those responsible for this attack. Our thoughts are with the driver and his family and we wish him a speedy recovery,” said Peter Collins, Senior Director of Public Relations for Papa Johns.
The only descriptions of the suspects the victim was able to provide were that they were black males in their late 20s who had short hair and wore dark clothing.
University Police are also helping with this case. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who can help identify the suspects.