Delivery drivers speak after suspect's arrest


by Maggie Ruper

Posted on July 1, 2013 at 11:53 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 2 at 12:01 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A series of robberies that started at the beginning of June appear to be solved with the arrest of a Louisville man.

Police said Gerald Holland would call for a taxi or food delivery and when the driver arrived he would hold the driver at gunpoint and demand money.

Most of the victims tell a similar story. Emily Skaggs works at the Jimmy John’s in the Highlands.

“Before I could knock he came out and around and pointed a gun to my head and told me to give him my money,” Skaggs said.

She said she was robbed on Rogers St. Alex Moore works at the campus Jimmy John’s and was robbed on S. 3rd St.

“It was kind of scary because I was like, ‘Oh this is your delivery and then I see the gun,” Moore said.

Police said the victims were able to give them valuable information on the suspect. Police caught on to Holland when they spotted him in the area of the crimes.

He is accused of robbing Pizza Hut, Papa John’s and Jimmy John’s drivers – most of them in the Old Louisville area.

“All these delivery drivers don't expect this happening to them at anytime. And to deal with someone doing that to you is unbelievable,” Det. Aaron Tinelli said.

None of the victims were physically injured in the robberies, police said, and they don’t believe any other suspects were involved.

Right now Holland is facing several counts of robbery and may be charged with more counts.