Family of injured delivery driver releases statement

August 9, 2012 2:38:56 PM PDT
The family of 19-year-old Tyler Lloyd - the Hoke County Domino's Pizza driver who required brain surgery after a severe beating during a robbery - released a statement Thursday thanking the community for the support they've been given.

"As Tyler continues to recover from his injuries, we would like to thank the many who have supported our family during this time. We're deeply grateful to all of the medical professionals who have worked so hard to get Tyler back on his feet, and we also thank the Hoke County Sheriff's Office for their efforts in finding those responsible for the attack. We ask for your continued prayers in the days ahead, and for your cooperation in allowing Tyler to heal in privacy. Thank you."

The Hoke County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday that the pizza restaurant on Fayetteville Road in Raeford got an internet order August 3 from an address in the 1600 block of O'Bannon Drive and Lloyd was sent to deliver it.

Investigators said when Lloyd arrived, he was approached by two men who did not have money to pay for the pizza. When Lloyd tried to return to his vehicle, the men allegedly began beating and robbing him.

When Lloyd didn't return from the delivery, coworkers became concerned and contacted law enforcement. Deputies found him in his car on Clan Campbell Drive.

Over the weekend, Tyler's dad posted on his Facebook page that his son had a fractured skull, collapsed lung, and underwent surgery to relieve pressure on his brain.

Tuesday, the news was much more encouraging. Tyler' dad posted that his son walked down a hospital corridor and took a shower.

Tuesday morning, authorities arrested 30-year-old Juan Foronte McPhaul  of Raeford. He's being charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.

The sheriff's office said more arrests are expected.

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