Tennessee man holds Little Caesars workers at gunpoint over pizza wait time: cops

Charles Doty Jr. allegedly left Knoxville restaurant and returned brandishing an AK-47 after being told his order would take 10 minutes.


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Charles Doty Jr. (above) allegedly demanded pizza with an AK-47 after being told his Little Caesars order would take 10 minutes
(Knoxville Police Department/Pixabay)

Nothing quite hits the spot like pizza but is one disc of topped dough really worth up to 60 years of prison food?

That’s the predicament facing a Tennessee man recently accused of holding Little Caesars workers at gunpoint after being told he’d have to wait 10 minutes for his molten treat.

Charles Doty Jr., 63,  was allegedly so incensed at the quoted wait time during a November 5 visit to a Knoxville branch of the pizza chain that he tried to speed things along with an assault rifle, local station WATE-TV reported.

Upon learning how long his order would take, Doty asked for free breadsticks before leaving the restaurant, supposedly to wait outside, according to a police incident report cited by the channel.

However, the ravenous suspect allegedly returned shortly afterwards brandishing an AK-47 and demanded his food immediately.

A customer who had just received her order reportedly handed Doty her pepperoni pizza and he fled the scene shortly before cops arrived at around 9 p.m.

Surveillance footage showed the armed suspect threatening a Little Caesars employee who was trying to leave after his shift ended, according to police. The victim took refuge at the back of the restaurant and called 911.

Doty was later arrested and charged with four counts of aggravated assault and one count of especially aggravated kidnapping, WATE reported.

He is being held on a $90,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on November 29.

A now nourished Doty is surely rueing his impatience – in Tennessee, especially aggravated kidnapping is “punishable by 15 to 60 years in prison and a maximum fine of $50,000,” according to findlaw.com.

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