Pizza delivery man beaten, thrown in trunk of car

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CASA GRANDE, Ariz. -- A pizza delivery man was beaten, robbed and kidnapped -- stuffed in the trunk of his own car by several suspects.

It was a call for pizza that started off pretty normally for Justin Farr.

He was called out to a home in the 1100 block of East Fifth Street in Casa Grande at 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

Windows boarded up, the house looked abandoned in the daylight,  but Farr, 22, said he didn't see anything out of the ordinary at night.

"I got out of the car, handed him the sodas and he turned around to a guy that I hadn't previously seen and he said, 'Hey man, go get the money,'" Farr said.

What Farr got instead was a blow to the face, as three or four men quickly surrounded him and took him to the ground.

"It was just 'Bam!' and I guess they had it all planned out," he said. "They just put me on the ground, didn't say a word to me. Took everything out of my pockets, threw me in the trunk, and as they were closing it they said, 'We're not going to hurt you,'"

Trapped in the back of his 2003 Hyundai Accent, Farr said the suspects started talking to him, asking him his name and how old he was.

"He said, 'You're about my age. This is nothing on you,'" Farr recalled.

The bumpy ride lasted about 15 minutes, according to Farr, with several stops along the way.

"I was thinking, 'Prepare yourself for more pain because one way or another this is going to hurt,'" Farr said. "And as I came to the realization, I began to search for something to defend myself with. I didn't want to go out without a fight."

Eventually, Farr said he could tell he was alone with just the driver. Tire iron in hand, he pushed through the seats to the passenger compartment to catch his kidnapper off guard.

Farr struck the man twice in the head.

Farr said the car continued on for just a short time before the suspect put it in park in a desert-area near Lisa and Thornton Roads in Casa Grande.

The pizza delivery man then walked a quarter of a mile to the nearest home for help.

Farr suffered a fractured eye socket and one shoulder is completely black and blue, but no serious injuries.

The driver, who police have not identified, has been arrested, but the two or three others involved in the crime have not been found.

While Farr says his pizza delivery days are over, his faith in people is not.

"There's good and bad in everybody, sometimes more bad than good," he said. "And those are the people that did this... I hope those guys are really happy with the $14 they got out of me; they obviously needed it more than I did."

If you have any information about the other suspects, call Casa Grande police.