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By Christian Jennings - bio | email

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - A man wanted for questioning in the shooting of an Albany pizza deliveryman is in custody. Police believe 28-year-old Demecko Mathis at least has knowledge of the robbery and shooting of pizza deliveryman Tim Monette Friday night.   And while he's now in custody, he's not yet charged in the shooting.  

Demecko Mathis tells police he turned himself in after seeing his face plastered on our news yesterday. A lookout was issued for him after that black Chevy Cobalt, taken in the Friday night robbery, was spotted on Valencia Street.

But Mathis denies involvement in the actual robbery and shooting. The victim, Tim Monette is recovering and pizza restaurant managers are taking steps to make sure their employees are safe.

After the weekend's horrifying chain of events, delivering food to strangers, is now a daunting task for some.

Shawn Walters owns Loco's Grill and Pub in Albany. It wasn't until this morning that he heard the news of what happened to 49-year-old Tim Monette.  "It bothers me. We have drivers going out and it could happen to them," he said.

Monette was delivering Papa Johns pizzas to 1503 West Gordon Friday night when he was escorted inside, robbed, and shot in the head. Over the weekend Police told us they had a person of interest, 28-year-old Demecko Mathis. Mathis was arrested on Sunday and is being questioned in the shooting and carjacking, but police say he denies involvement.

Police say he turned himself in because he saw on TV that he was wanted. He is being held on unrelated burglary and battery charges. Police aren't ruling him out but for now they've made no arrests in the case.

"They could do it again at any time," said Ryan Clemence, who has worked at Loco's for two  years.

His new title deliveryman is new. "It's my second day." He knows what happened over the weekend...could happen to him. "My life is not worth $40."

That's why his business has rules in place to keep him and other drivers safe. Never walk into a house.  They also are told not to carry cash unless it's for a customer's change. Now Loco's is thinking of not making deliveries after 9.

They even have certain parts of town they refuse to deliver to. West Gordon is one of them. But Shaw Walters says most importantly, deliveries are ALWAYS up to the drivers discretion.

Tim Monette remains hospitalized but he is recovering. Papa John's Pizza announced that the business is offering a $5,000.00 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspects in this case.

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