On Saturday night, July 19, the Domino's Pizza, located in the 700 block of 8th Street in Vero Beach, received a delivery order of $78.00 of pizza, wings, and breadsticks to be delivered to the 500 block of 13th Place in Vero Beach.
The Indian River County Sheriff's Office says the pizza delivery driver told deputies that when he arrived, he was attacked by one hispanic male, white male, one black male, and one black female who all appeared to be juveniles.
The group struck the victim numerous times in the face and head, causing his glasses and hat to fall off.
After he fell to the ground, the driver says the juveniles took the food and items from his pockets before fleeing on foot.
The victim was able to retain his telephone and was able to call 911 just seconds after the attack.
Indian River County Deputies and K9 Deputies responded to the scene to search for the suspects with assistance from the Indian River County Sheriff's Office helicopter.
Deputy Christian Mathisen and his K9 partner Marco began tracking in the area where the pizza delivery driver last saw the suspects. Deputy Mathisen stated, "I knew Marco was on to them as we crossed over a ditch. I could see obvious running tracks and knew they weren't far."
According to IRCSO, K9 Marco led Deputies Mathisen and James Dixon to a carport in the 1400 block of 6th Avenue, where Deputy Mathisen observed the face of a young black male protruding from a pile of items on the ground.
The male surrendered as well as a young black female who was also hiding in the pile of items.
Both juveniles were taken into custody without incident and transported to the Indian River County Sheriff's Office where they were interviewed.
The juveniles, age 17 and 15, admitted to participating in a conspiracy to rob and attack the delivery driver, according to the Sheriff's office.
Further identifying information about the other two juveniles who participated in the incident was obtained during the interview.
Detectives plan to apprehend the others involved.
Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar said, "We work hard every day to ensure the integrity of our community. We will not tolerate this type of activity. This event showcases the training and skills of our patrol and canine deputies. They were able to safely establish a perimeter and apprehend these juveniles without anyone else getting hurt."