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Police: Knoxville man calls for pizza with AK-47

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (WATE) – A Knoxville man could face decades in prison after allegedly detaining employees of a Little Caesar restaurant at gunpoint with an AK-47 after learning that it would take 10 minutes to make his pizza.

Officers responded to the Cedar Bluff Rd store around 9 p.m. Friday, where witnesses said the suspect, later identified as Charles Doty Jr., became angry after being told of the wait and asked free breadsticks. An incident report says he then left the store to wait and returned with an AK-47 in hand, demanding pizza immediately.

Another person in the store who had already received his order handed Doty his pepperoni pizza and he fled the scene before the police arrived.

Surveillance video showed the suspect was threatening an employee who tried to leave his shift and preventing him from doing so freely. This victim then fled the lobby to the back room of the company and called 911.

Doty Jr., 63, has been charged with four counts of aggravated assault and one particularly aggravated count of kidnapping.

According to, particularly aggravated kidnapping is a Class A felony punishable by 15 to 60 years in prison and a fine of up to $ 50,000 in the state of Tennessee.

Doty Jr. was arrested and placed in jail on total bail of $ 90,000. He is scheduled to appear in Knox County Criminal Court on Monday, November 29.


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