On Sunday February 8, a Dominos delivery driver in Antioch, California, was allegedly held at gunpoint, kidnapped, and sexually assaulted by a 17-year old male, later identified as Darrion Miles. Officials from the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office say the suspect will be charged as an adult in the case, CBS reports.
The crime occurred at 11:20 a.m. when the 22-year old Dominos delivery driver was leaving her vehicle to deliver a pizza. According to an L.A. Times report, Antioch police confirmed Darrion Miles approached the driver and forced her to return to her vehicle where she was instructed to drive to another location. Miles is accused of then sexually assaulting the victim before instructing her to drive back to the site of abduction. Reportedly, Miles robbed the Dominos driver prior to fleeing the scene.
Following the incident, Dominos spokesman Tim McIntyre issued a statement showing support for the victim’s needs and confirming the company’s cooperation with law enforcement.
“We are grateful for the Antioch Police Department’s swift action and we hope the person who committed this heinous crime is prosecuted and punished to the fullest extended of the law,” McIntyre stated.
Thus far, McIntyre’s hopes match those of the Contra Costa County D.A., who confirmed Miles will be prosecuted as an adult.
The district attorney’s decision sends a strong message to criminals that violence will not be tolerated. As Inquisitr reported in December, delivery drivers are a common target for criminals seeking to steal or do harm. Dominos employees in Memphis, Tennessee were approached by two armed men while employees were leaving the closed store.
In this case, the employees were robbed and left uninjured before law enforcement later apprehended the pair. Mardarius J. Lee and Jordan K. Lewis, ages 19 and 20 respectively, received charges of conspiracy to commit a crime and armed robbery. Compared with Darrion Miles’ alleged crimes, the acts committed during Memphis’ holiday season seem relatively tame.
The severity of Miles’ alleged crimes against the Dominos employee undoubtedly affected the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s decision to charge the suspect as an adult. Due to Miles’ current age, it is unclear whether he had a criminal record prior to February 8. According to KRON4, Miles’ arraignment is scheduled for February 11 in Martinez, California. He is charged with eight felonies, including rape, kidnapping with the intention to perform rape or sexual assault, and terroristic threatening.
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