A Stratford teenager arrested two weeks ago for the pistol whipping robbery of a Domino’s Pizza delivery driver in Stamford at the end of February is scheduled to be arraigned on the adult docket at the Stamford courthouse today.
Terry Gray, 17, of Stratford, was charged with armed robbery, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, first-degree assault and conspiracy to commit first-degree assault. Because of the seriousness of the charges, the Stamford State’s Attorneys office decided to put Gray on the Part A docket where the most serious crimes in the area are adjudicated.
The arrest goes back to the brutal robbery of a pizza delivery man on St. George Ave. on Friday, Feb. 28 at about 10:30 p.m.
The 28-year-old driver told police he was called to deliver a pizza to the end of St. George Avenue. When he got there he could not find the house and called the person ordering the pizza to confirm he was at the right place.
As he drove to the end of the street he saw a black male on the sidewalk and stopped his car. When he went to his trunk to get the food, he was grabbed around the throat from behind and was hit in the face with a small black handgun. After two or three other black males came from across the street, he was knocked to the ground and stomped as the males grabbed his wallet containing about $200 in cash and his cell phone.
The men also stole the man’s car and drove off and less than an hour later police found the illuminated car top pizza sign on Oakwood Place.
The man was taken to Stamford Hospital, where he was treated for deep cuts to his head and a fractured orbital bone in his face where he had been pistol whipped.
Less than a day after the car was stolen police found the vehicle parked in the LaQuinta hotel parking lot.
Police traced the phone number that placed the pizza order back to Gray. When they found him at Stamford Academy, police found that he was carrying a BB gun that looked like a real pistol.
Gray talked to police and admitted to them that he was the lookout during the pizza robbery. Gray insisted that he did not make the call, but that one of his friends who committed the robbery with him made the call. He said after splitting up the driver’s money his take from the robbery was $55.
Gray told investigators he needed the money because he has a baby girl.
Less than 12 hours after the pizza delivery drivers car was found, police saw another suspicious vehicle in the parking lot and questioned three young men in the vehicle.
That car turned out to be stolen and when police searched the vehicle they found the keys to the pizza delivery driver’s stolen car and credit cards belonging to the delivery driver, Gray’s five-page arrest affidavit said.
One of the three juveniles in the car has been charged with the pizza delivery driver robbery, police said. Police say they expect to make another arrest in the robbery shortly.