Police Searching for Suspect in Chanello's Attack

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Someone attacked an employee of Chanello's Pizza at about 3:30 a.m. Monday morning and police are still searching for the suspect.

Paul Wilson has been delivering pizzas at another local pizzeria for more than a year and said you never know what's going to happen, so you have to take precautions.

"All the deliveries, all the transactions we do we take care of our own money. So there are times you might take multiple orders you might have over a hundred dollars on you. You try to avoid that, but sometimes you can't," said Wilson, "When I'm not in the vehicle, I lock my car. I try not to keep more than 20 dollars cash on me so that way people wouldn't be tempted to try and rob you. Sometimes people want you to come in their house, and I say no, unless it's like a handicapped person or something that needs help with their food."

Douglas Pence owns W.A. Hartman Memorials, which is directly across the street from Chanello's.

"Things happen in this part of town. I don't want to say all the time, but things happen often enough that, I don't want to say we're immune to it, but we're not surprised," said Pence.

Even though Pence may be used to this kind of activity, he still worries.

"I get very concerned obviously for employee safety and then for our own business," said Pence.

Wilson said he deals with college students and pranks all the time, but something violent surprises him.

"Harrisonburg is a pretty calm, nice, chill town. You don't hear about this that often, so it is surprising to me," said Wilson.

Pence said even with security cameras and locks on the doors sometimes these events can't be prevented.

"As late as they're open, other than a security guard, what're they going to do?" asked Pence.

"I've never been physically harmed. But you never know what people under the influence or people that really need something badly, they'll do anything to get it," said Wilson.

Harrisonburg Police are not releasing any description of a suspect.

If anyone has any information, call Crime Solvers at 540-574-5050.

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