A pizza delivery driver had a gun pulled on him after answering a fake delivery call recently.
Clifton Scott Thompson, 33, of Rock Hill took a delivery to an abandoned, unlit home on Friday, July 11.
As he approached the house, he read the instructions on the ticket saying to go to the side door. He thought the residents were partying in the back of the house.
"There was a man waiting for me, cocking his gun several times to scare me," Thompson said.
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The suspect told Thompson to put down the pizzas, but Thompson refused to put down his flashlight.
"I wasn't going to put down my flashlight because it was the only protection I had," Thompson said.
After he refused to put down the flashlight, Thompson turned around and saw two more suspects, one holding a bat. As the man with the gun approached Thompson, he ran back towards the road. As he was running, he glanced back and saw the men going towards his truck.
"They could have the truck, but not me," Thompson said. "They may have expected me to run into the woods, but I thought it was better to run into the street."
He ran for about half a mile until he saw a someone sitting on a porch on Munn Road, where he called police for help.
Police returned to search for the three unknown suspects, but they were gone. Police did find the bat and footprints.
"If I had never gone to the side door, this would not have happened," Thompson said. "I was in the wrong place at the wrong time."
The three men did not steal Thompson's truck, even though the keys were in the ignition, and neither did they run off with the pizzas - they were left on the ground by the side door.