Daytona cops: No leads in robbery of Papa John's on South Nova except gunman had scar on lower right jaw

Armed holdup of pizzeria now almost a week old with no arrest

Papa Johns on South Nova Road, Daytona, robbed / Headline Surfer®DAYTONA BEACH -- A lone gunman held up Papa John's Pizza at 1506 S. Nova Road on Wednesday night, but Daytona Beach police don't have any leads on who the robber lading to an arrest six days later, with one key exception: He had a noticeable scar on his lower right jaw.

With a silver revolver in his right hand, the gunman walked up to the counter 10:36 p.m. and demanded money from the cash drawer. An employee behind the counter handed over an undetermined amount of money and then the the gunman ran out of the store and took off, possibly in a white Ford Escape. There was no video surveillance on the premises of the robbery.

Daytona Beach Papa John's armed robbery police narrative / Headline Surfer®
Daytona Beach Papa Johns armed robbery police narrative / Headline Surfer®
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Above is the Daytona Beach police incident report narrative summary of the armed robbery of the Papa John's pizzeria.

Besides the noticeable scar on his lower right jaw, the gunman is described as a 24- to 28-year-old black man, about 6 feet 2 and 220 pounds with short hair. He was wearing a plain purple-collared shirt and blue jean pants and a gray-fitted ball cap.

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Anyone with information on the armed robbery is asked to call Daytona Beach police Detective M. Mehalko at 386-671-5207 or email information to
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