Charles Doty Jr., 64, has pleaded guilty to four counts of aggravated assault in the case where he threatened employees of a Little Caesars in Knoxville, Tennessee, with an AK-47 rifle. Doty’s plea was entered on August 23, and a sentencing date has been scheduled for September 29.
The incident occurred in November 2021 at the Little Caesars store on Cedar Bluff Road. According to the incident report, Doty became angry when informed that his “hot-n-ready” pepperoni pizza would take 10 minutes to prepare. Kimberleigh Murrell, who was serving him, stated that Doty grew “mad, frustrated” and demanded breadsticks. Doty then left the store and returned with an AK-47, pointing it at Murrell and demanding his pizza.
Noah Beeler, an employee at the store, mentioned that if Doty had waited a few more minutes, his pizza would have been ready. Doty left the store before the police arrived, as another customer handed him their own pizza.