The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

August 7, 2013

Deliveryman robbed, car found in Fort Worth

They ‘pulled me through the door, then pulled out knives’

By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — A car stolen Monday from a pizza deliveryman in Enid has been found in Fort Worth, Texas, but warrants have not been issued yet for the suspects.

Chance Stevison told police when he went to Sunridge Estates to deliver a pizza, he knocked on the door at the address where the pizza had been ordered and the man and woman who were occupants of the house called through the door to ask who it was.

“I knocked on the door and they didn’t first answer the door, they just called through the door, ‘Who is it?’” Stevison said. “I told them it was Domino’s. They opened the door, grabbed my shirt and pulled me through the door, then pulled out knives.”

According to an Enid Police Department report, the man told Stevison he needed his car to go to Louisiana to see his child in the hospital. Stevison told him to take the car.

“They had it all planned out,” Stevison said. “They had baskets with laundry and things right by the door.”

The man took Stevison’s cell- phone, removed the battery from it, and gave the cellphone back to him so he could not call 911. The couple also took about $30 that was in Stevison’s pocket.

“The first thing that went through my head was that I had to fight my way out, but the next thing that went through my head was my family,” Stevison said.

When the man was loading the couple’s possessions into Stevison’s 2004 Isuzu Rodeo, Stevison saw his chance to get out of the apartment.

“As soon as I saw him at the end of the driveway, at the car, I went outside,” Stevison said. “In my head, I was thinking, ‘this is my only chance to get outside.’”

The man ordered Stevison back inside the house, but he wouldn’t go back inside. He tried waving down some oil field workers, but they kept driving. Before leaving, the man pulled ropes out of his pockets and threw them inside the apartment, telling Stevison, “Better be glad I did not have to use this.”

EPD Capt. Jack Morris said the car was found Wednesday in Fort Worth.

“The guy at the impound told me it’s pretty badly messed up,” Stevison said. “There are windows knocked out, the ignition’s messed up, it’s probably not going to run.”

Stevison, whose primary job is district sales manager for the Enid News & Eagle, said he had taken the part-time pizza delivery job to save up some extra money because he and his wife have a new baby on the way. He has since quit the part-time pizza delivery position, and hasn’t slept well since Monday evening when this happened, he said.

“There hasn’t been a warrant issued yet for these people,” Stevison said. “I hope they actually get something done and get these people caught and they have to face what they did, because this is going to haunt me for quite a while. … It’s frustrating to know they are walking around and living life, and if they got picked up, they could be released.”