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Teens rob and beat up Athens pizza delivery driver

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ATHENS, TN (WRCB) -  Two teens are in jail after robbing and beating up a pizza delivery driver in Athens this week.

"The premeditation to the violence behind this is very disturbing for teenagers," said Athens Police Detective Josh Rhodes. "This is normally something we'd see out of adults."

The two friends, a 16-year-old and 17-year-old, apparently had the robbery all planned out before calling Toscano Italian Grill on Monday night. Police say they broke into a vacant house before calling in the order.

"They broke into the apartment and kind of laid and waited on the pizza delivery guy to come," Rhodes said.

The 23-year-old driver drove to the address in the 400 block of Cleveland Avenue, which sits near the end of a dark, dead-end street.

"He went up just like normal business, knocked on the door, one of the gentlemen who opened the door said come on in, we'll get your money," said Rhodes.

The driver said the teens, who put bandannas over their faces, began attacking him to the ground. He was able to get free and ran down the street to call 911.

Police chased down one of the teens, who had the stolen money bag, over the railroad tracks to a house on King Street, where they found evidence of the robbery -- the pizza box and some of the stolen cash in the teen's shoe.

The owner of Toscano said he's been in Athens for five years and it's the first time anything like this has happened.

They don't allow drivers to keep more than $50 on them at a time, and don't plan on letting Monday's incident affect their delivery business.

Police caution delivery drivers to always stay outside.

"Stay out on the porch, that way you're at least visible if there's a neighbor or something," Rhodes advised.

The delivery driver is OK, but had to get several stitches for a busted lip.

The teens are currently at a Juvenile Detention Center near Knoxville. The 16-year-old is charged with robbery and aggravated burglary. The 17-year-old, who turns 18 in a few months, is facing charges of robbery, aggravated burglary, assaulting a police officer and evading arrest. A hearing to determine whether they'll be charged as adults will take place later this month.
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