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Ada police urge caution for food delivery drivers

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ADA, Okla. -- As more and more food delivery services are popping up around Texoma, the armed robbery of a Domino's driver in Ada is raising concerns about safety.

Delivery drivers are often sent out alone, late at night -- and everyone knows they are carrying cash.

On Monday, police said the pizza delivery driver was lucky to escape with her life. Back in 1993, a pizza delivery driver was shot and killed in Ardmore, and in August, another driver in Ardmore was beaten and robbed.

But Ada police said the Domino's driver escaped this week's gunpoint robbery at Sleepy Hollow Trailer Park without a scratch, and three suspects are now in custody.

"The way the world is getting today, you know you've got a right to protect yourself," said Ada police Detective Bryan Engle. "If somebody threatens you with a gun and you're not armed, you're going to be a victim."

The bottom line: Delivering a pizza is not worth a life.

"If they just have that feeling that something is not right ...  they should probably just call police right then or just not even make the delivery," Engle said.

Domino's cited company policy in declining an opportunity for an on-camera interview. The company did say it will no longer be delivering to Sleepy Hollow Trailer Park.

"All the pizza delivery companies need to be hyper aware," Detective Engle added.

Sleepy Hollow Trailer Park
Domino's Pizza said it would no longer deliver to residents of Sleepy Hollow Trailer Park in Ada. (KTEN)

Following Domino's decision to cut ties with the community, resident Sandra Prudhomme was concerned about another problem.

"I'm disabled; in a wheelchair. And my husband is disabled," she said. "We don't have transportation. And when it gets so hot and I am having reactions from the heat, a lot of times I will call and order pizza."

Prudhomme said a number of people in the community are disabled.

"And if Domino's stops delivering out here, how many others are going to?"

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