Armed Robber Cooks Pizza Hut Meal, then Steals It

Man flashes a knife, then cooks himself a meal in the kitchen


Armed Robbery – On Nov. 12 at 11:01 p.m., Prince William County Officers responded to the Pizza Hut located at 8263 Shoppers Square in Manassas to investigate a robbery.

The investigation revealed the accused, David Obed Melara, walked into the store and past the service counter towards the kitchen area. While in the kitchen, the accused retrieved food items from the freezer and began cooking them before lifting up his shirt and revealing a knife to an employee.

The accused then took the unpaid food items and left the business. While in the parking lot, the accused brandished the knife toward another employee who attempted to confront the accused. No injuries were reported.

A police K-9 and helicopter assistance from Fairfax County police searched the area for the accused who was not located. The accused was known to the employees.

Following the investigation, officers obtained arrest warrants for the accused, identified as David Obed Melara who was located and taken into custody without incident the next day.

On Nov. 13, police arrested David Obed Melara, 22, of 189 Old Centreville Road in Manassas Park. He was charged with robbery.

His court date is pending. He is being held without bond. 

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