COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A Curie Metro High School teacher who ordered pizzas to feed students in an afterschool program was punched and robbed by an angry delivery driver, prosecutors said.
On Dec. 5, LaCoco's Pizza delivery driver David Stewart had already exchanged several pizzas for cash when he apparently became angry, prosecutors said. Possibly believing he'd been short-changed by the teacher, Stewart made his way into the locked high school.
A student let Stewart into the school building at 4949 S. Archer Ave. and he found the teacher's room, Assistant State's Attorney Lorraine Scaduto said.
After the teacher and Stewart made eye contact through the classroom door, the delivery driver went in, punched and kicked the teacher, took the pizzas and left.
Stewart, 21, of south suburban Hickory Hills, was charged with robbery and ordered held on $75,000 bail Thursday.
The teacher suffered abrasions on his right eye, forehead and nose. But prosecutors charged Stewart only with robbery rather than battery.
Stewart's attorney, Christine Opp, said that's because her client was provoked.
"This was clearly a dispute," she said.