Three teens have been arrested for Friday's night's robbery and murder of a pizza deliveryman at an apartment complex north of Omaha.
Douglas County Sheriff's Department investigators identified the victim as 33-year-old Chris Taylor, saying the employee of the Pizza Hut near 90th and Fort was lured to a vacant unit at the Irvington Heights Apartments near Ida Street and Irvington Road around 11 p.m. He was robbed and stabbed. Taylor later died at the hospital.
All have prior criminal records involving misdemeanor charges. It does appear that the juvenile may have been a ward of the state for some time.
“He's not a person who has drama in his life,” said Carrie Johnson, Taylor’s former manager. “He kept to himself. He was quiet."
In five years of delivering, Johnson said Taylor had seen everything. “Him being robbed before, he still stuck with it, still went out there and delivered. He was a good person. He kept to himself.”
Friday night’s delivery to the Irvington Heights Apartments was Taylor's only trip and it would be his last. “I seen a man laying down so me and the other girl ran over here,” said Jazz Harris, the resident who found Taylor. She knew it was too late. “The door was wide open, all you seen was just blood.”
Harris also saw apartment A’s window smashed. Deputies say the three got into the vacant apartment through it and waited, luring Taylor to the door with a phone call and when he knocked, deputies say they robbed him, stabbed him repeatedly and fled.
“I was like, oh my God, he is dead because his face was already turning blue and his eyes were in the back of his head,” said Harris.
Deputies moved quickly. By Saturday morning they had one suspect in custody. He led them to the two others who were arrested Sunday morning in the area of 30th and Lake streets.
“He got killed over 20, 25 dollars,” said Johnson. “They didn't bother to take the pizza. They didn't bother to take any of his personal belongings. They just wanted to take $25 from him."
Pizza Hut released the following statement on Sunday:
"We are deeply saddened by this tragic situation. Our hearts and prayers go out to Christopher’s family at this time. We appreciate the Omaha Police Department for their swift action and hope that those responsible for this senseless act will be brought to justice."