Chicago style: Pizzeria worker severely injured armed robber with pizza cutter, police say

Marcus Brown is accused of shooting an employee at Pizza Nova Express. | Cook County sheriff’s office; Google

CHICAGO — An armed robber who shot a pizzeria employee during a holdup last week was severely injured when another restaurant employee attacked him with a pizza slicer, Chicago police say.

Wearing a mask, the robber marched into Pizza Nova Express, 3836 West 79th Street, early last Wednesday and pulled out a gun, ordering all of the employees to put their hands in the air.

But one of the workers, a 35-year-old man, tried to stop the gunman.

The robber pointed his gun at the man’s chest and pulled the trigger, but it misfired, according to court records. He then shot the employee in the right thigh.

Another store employee “swung a pizza cutter in self defense and struck offender in the neck, shoulder, and leg area causing severe lacerations,” a Chicago police report said.

The offender fled without getting any dough.

Cops became suspicious when Marcus Brown, 46, walked into Stroger Hospital for treatment of “injuries consistent with” the pizza cutter attack, the report continued.

While a mask covered the robber’s face, the report said Brown’s unusual injuries were sufficient to identify him as the robber.

Judge Ankur Srivastava ordered him held without bail on a charge of attempted first-degree murder.

Court records show Brown’s most recent felony convictions in Cook County are narcotics-related charges in 2003 and 2004 and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon in 1998.

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