Pizza delivery driver pepper-sprayed, car stolen in Deltona

DELTONA, Fla. -- The Volusia County Sheriff's Office is investigating a carjacking incident that occurred Saturday afternoon in Deltona, where a pizza delivery driver was hit with pepper or chemical spray before three suspects took off in his car.

Deputies responded to the call around 12:46 p.m. on the 800 block of Abbott Ave. The victim, 22-year-old Papa John's driver Nicholas Mutchler, told investigators he was about to knock on a door when a suspect called to him from across the street as if he ordered the pizzas. Deputies say Mutchler met the suspect near his vehicle, gave him the pizzas and awaited payment. The suspect went into his pocket as if to get money, but instead pulled out the spray and used it on Mutchler.

Deputies say Mutchler ran down the street yelling for help and saw the suspect and two others get into his vehicle and drive away.

The suspects were described as black males in their late teens or early twenties, with one of them wearing a green polo-style shirt with an eagle logo and cargo shorts. He was thin and about 6 feet tall with short hair.

The stolen vehicle was a 2014 Dodge Avenger with several stickers on the back window and a Florida State University tag WM69S. It was last seen westbound on Interstate 4 near exit 101C (Sanford/Mount Dora, State Road 46) in Seminole County.

Mutchler was taken to Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City as a precaution.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at 9-1-1, 386-860-7030 or via Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida, toll-free, at 888-277-TIPS. You can also text your tip by texting TIP231 plus your message to CRIMES. Anyone who provides information to Crime Stoppers will remain anonymous and can qualify for a reward of up to $5,000.
 

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