Man robs pizza driver then comes forward as witness telling police his cousin did itBy Mason White 4:36 PM November 17, 2014
|Joseph Wantz insert|
By: Mahesh Sarin
A man was arrested after pretending to be a good Samaritan, who was trying to help police.
The man of Boca Raton, Florida, was accused of robbing a pizza delivery man before coming forward to police as a witness and accused his cousin of being the aggressor, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said.
26-year-old Joseph Wantz faces charges of burglary and aggravated assault with a firearm for the robbery that occurred on Tuesday.
Wantz placed a $107 order for pizza, bread sticks and soda, saying it was for a party. A woman then placed a call to Pizza Hut, and asked that the driver bring along cash for change.
When the driver got there, he told a deputy that he became suspicious because he did not see cars at the party. That’s when Wantz put a gun to the man’s head and demanded the money and food before fleeing.
While police were looking for the suspect a man came forward and said that he witnessed the robbery, and that his cousin did it, according to the police report.
Later, police received a call about a disturbance between Wantz and another man at a residence. Inside the house, deputies said that they saw two empty boxes of pizza in the garbage can.
The delivery man identified Wantz in a photo lineup as the robber. Investigators then interviewed a friend of Wantz, who said that Wantz admitted to her that he robbed a man and showed her a gun.
Deputies said the weapon later turned out to be a BB gun.
When deputies questioned Wantz about implicating his cousin in the robbery, he reportedly said that his cousin looked a lot like him, and that he was not going to be “the only one going down for this.”
Wantz was booked into the Palm Beach county jail, where he is being held without bail.