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Prisoner Sues Pizza Place he Tried to Rob for Injuries
WILMINGTON, Delaware -- A would-be thief has found a new way to get money from a pizzeria he tried to rob in 2010.
23-year-old Nigel Sykes from Delaware is suing the pizzeria he tried robbing after employees tackled him to the ground.
In a federal civil complaint claiming the rough treatment during the attempted hold-up was "unnecessary" and that as a result of the injuries he suffered, he is due over $260,000.
The News Journal reports that Sykes admitted in his self-written complaint -- which he filed from prison, where he is serving a 15-year sentence for robbery and attempted robbery -- that he forced his way into Seasons Pizza in Newport, showed the employees his gun and demanded money. After they handed over $140, he began to exit the shop when employees allegedly grabbed him from behind and wrestled the gun from him, with at least one shot being fired during the struggle.
"That is when the assault began," according to Sykes' suit. "All of the Season's Pizza employees participated in punching, kicking and pouring hot soup over my body. I was unarmed and defenseless and had to suffer a brutal beating by all of the employees of Seasons Pizza," he wrote.
Sykes also alleges that after employees subdued him, two Newport police officers improperly used stun guns on him and denied him access to medical attention.
At the time of his 2010 arrest, police said Sykes was linked to at least eight other robberies including a bank, three other pizzerias, two fast food restaurants and two convenience stores.
The allegations have not been proven.
"It is a joke lawsuit. It is sad to see this kind of suit being looked at. The court shouldn't waste the taxpayers' money," Police Chief Michael Capriglione told the News Journal.
Sykes is demanding $20,000 each from six employees, $20,000 from the two arresting officers and $100,000 from Seasons Pizza.
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