On Dec. 17, local video producer and blogger Kyle Keyser stopped at the Pizza Hut on North Avenue to pick up a late dinner for his roommate's boss. Five men stood outside the pizza joint. One asked Keyser if he'd buy him some food. Keyser, sympathetic to the mans hunger, said sure.
But the restaurant was closed, and as Keyser returned to his car, the five men surrounded him and pushed him against a nearby vehicle. One shoved a gun to his neck. They demanded money. Keyser said he didn't have any but handed over his ATM card.
The men took Keysers cell phone and wallet and ordered him to lie on the ground. One suspect, pistol in hand, took aim.
"I'm gonna shoot him," Keyser recalls the suspect saying. "I'm gonna shoot this motherfucker."
"Don't shoot him," pleaded the guy who Keyser had offered to buy food.
"Naw, the gunman said, I'm gonna shoot him in the leg."
Keyser, face down on the pavement, braced himself for a bullet. Instead, he saw five pairs of sneakers walk off. He sensed he had an exit, jumped in his car, and sped toward Midtown to call the police. He says bank receipts show the suspects purchased food with his card at a gas station a block away.
"OK, people get mugged and asked for money," says Keyser, whose house has been broken into twice. "There's a certain amount of crime that you associate with living in the city. It's not forgivable, but it's understood. You know it's going to happen. What concerns me now is the spike in violent crime."
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(Photo by Joeff Davis)
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