Man points gun at pair, demands pizza

Posted at 12:18 PM, Mar 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-24 15:19:51-04

A Phoenix man robbed two others at gunpoint, demanding only their pizza.

It happens every day: two buddies go out and get a pizza to go. What these two didn't count on was getting it stolen at gunpoint.

Court documents show that on March 18 a man and his friend went to a pizza place near Grand and Van Buren Avenues. 

They were approached outside the restaurant by 26-year-old Cesar Daniel Espinoza, who asked them if they would buy him a pizza. The two men refused and went inside.

Police said when the pair came out with their pizza, they were followed by Espinoza--who had a 9mm handgun with a laser gunsight. Espinoza put the laser light on the victims causing them to run to their car.

Espinoza caught up to the one holding the pizza and placed his gun in the victim's face, reportedly telling him, "I'm not joking, give me the pizza," according to authorities.

As Espinoza left with the pizza, he fired a shot into the ground.

Police found him nearby and the gun was found after a quick search of the area. 

Espinoza has been charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault and unlawful discharge of a firearm in city limits.