Columbia police arrest 7 in robbery of Domino's delivery driver

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 | 6:14 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Columbia police have arrested seven suspects in the robbery and assault of a Domino's delivery driver that occurred early Monday morning.

Demarco Carter, 17, Dijon Jennings, 18, and Caleb Ritter, 20, were arrested late Monday on suspicion of third-degree assault and second-degree robbery, said Latisha Stroer, the police department's public information officer.

The other four suspects are juveniles. Their names were not released. All four juveniles were arrested on suspicion of second-degree robbery, Stroer said. Two were also arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault.

At 12:14 a.m. Monday, officers responded to a report that five to seven teenagers robbed and assaulted a Domino's delivery driver on the 2700 block of Quail Drive. The attackers punched the driver in the head and face before stealing food, money, CDs, mail and other property, Stroer said. A K-9 unit tracked the attackers' scent to the Bass Pro sporting goods store nearby, but could not follow it any farther.

Police found three of the suspects on Quail Drive after receiving an anonymous tip Monday afternoon. During their investigation, police identified four additional suspects, according to a news release from the police department.

Police served a search warrant Monday night at an apartment at 2701 Quail Drive, the home of Jennings and two of the juveniles, where they found property belonging to the victim, according to the release.

Bail for the assault charge was set at $500 for Carter, Jennings and Ritter. Bail for the robbery charge has yet to be set.

Missourian reporter Zachary Matson contributed to this report.

Supervising editor is Celia Darrough.

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