Three suspects, who have been accused of shooting dead a Papa John’s manager, went home to eat the pizza they stole from him while he was out on a delivery, according to Indianapolis police.
Juwuan Terry, 18; Jason Epeards, 18; and 19-year-old Jasean Dale (In our feature photo), allegedly killed LaVon Drake, 24, with two different weapons on Monday night.
Drake, who was a Papa John’s driver and manager, had not been scheduled to work on Monday, but he came in to help his co-workers.
According to Fox 59, a neighbor saw Drake walk up to a vacant rental home and noticed the suspects’ car parked near her house.
She quickly jotted down its plate number.
Another witness told authorities that they saw the suspects leave the home with a rifle and a pizza bag.
Authorities were able to track the vehicle to a nearby apartment building, where the suspects were eating the pizza they had stolen from Drake.
Police said the men also confessed to shooting and killing Drake inside the complex.
Drake’s co-worker and friend Cheyenne Pryor told the Indianapolis Star that Drake was ‘a good young man, a great employee and a great manager’.
‘I’m going to miss him so much,’ she added.
Pryor went on to say that because Drake was a manager he knew ‘he had to do what is needed from him, and if it was to fill in or stay later he would’.
She said Drake was called in to help with delivery on the night of the shooting.
Papa John’s said in a statement to the Star that the company is ‘extremely saddened’ by Drake’s death.
‘Our thoughts go out to his family members, teammates and friends during this difficult time,’ a spokesman said.
The company also said that Drake’s funeral expenses will be covered under the company’s workers’ compensation policy.
Terry and Epeards face preliminary charges of murder and robbery.
Dale faces a preliminary charge of murder, according to court records.