Domino's delivery driver shot in face in East Stroudsburg, 3 facing charges
UPDATE: December 13, 2017, 10:14am - The Domino's driver that was in the face during a delivery gone bad in East Stroudsburg has died. Richard Labar, a 58-year-old man, was pronounced dead Tuesday night at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Cedar Crest. His death has been ruled as a homicide. 3 have been charged in his death.
EAST STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WOLF) -- A Domino’s driver is in critical condition tonight after police say he was shot in the face during a delivery gone bad near East Stroudsburg University’s campus.
Tonight, three people have been charged in the brutal ambush. Carolina Carmona, Salvador Roberts Jr., and Israel Berrios, all charged in the shooting of a Domino's delivery driver in East Stroudsburg.
This afternoon a cleaner was in front of this building on the 400 block of Normal Street, just a few paces blocks from the heart of East Stroudsburg University’s campus, scrubbing and rinsing away what’s left of an early morning horror story.
“When you hear something like that, it kind of brings you back to the realization like no matter where you’re at in the world, something’s always going to happen. So I guess because it doesn’t happen as often you feel pretty safe, but you’ve always got to watch your surroundings,” ESU freshman Jordan Harris said.
State Police say at 12:30 this morning, someone called Domino’s Pizza in East Stroudsburg and asked for a delivery to that building on Normal Street.
When the driver, a 58-year-old man, arrived and got out of the car, police say three people approached him and demanded money.
When he said he didn’t have any money, he was shot in the face and his money bag stolen.
The driver was airlifted to the hospital where he’s now in critical condition, and the three suspects were arraigned this evening.
ESU issued a statement to students just before 5:00 a.m., warning them that part of Normal Street was closed due to the investigation.
One student we spoke to says alerts like that are coming all too often.
“I wasn’t that surprised because we get emails about this like every other week about assaults or muggings and its always around this area too. And it wasn’t that frequent last year, but this year its on the rise, so its kind of nerve-wracking walking around here at night too,” ESU sophomore Bryce Kaufman said.
“The problem is, you never know who you’re delivering to.”
James has been a delivery driver at Palumbo’s II in Bartonsville for 8 years.
He says it’s a job that requires constant looking over your shoulder.
“Anytime we go to a dark area, you always got to make sure, you know, you gotta always look around and make sure everything’s alright before you even go and knock on the house,” Lynch said.
Domino’s also released a statement earlier today saying in part: “We are horrified and saddened to hear of the incident involving our franchisee’s driver, we are thinking of him and his family at this time.”