In adult films, delivering pizza can be a very sexy job. But that’s not actually true in real life. In fact, it can be a very dangerous situation. Think about it and put yourself in the delivery person’s shoes. You go into a strange neighborhood with strangers all around you, and they all know you have a car and money. A carjacking scenario doesn’t seem all that farfetched.
So we’ve compiled some of the pizza delivery cases that ended in violence. But these cases aren’t just your usual run-of-the-mill cases either. They all have something strange going on.
- Pizza Delivery Drivers Robbed at Swordpoint. Usually, people get robbed by nefarious folks wielding guns or knives. In Ohio, a gang of robbers used swords! A delivery man for Domino’s reported being robbed of his money by 4 men with swords, and one of them held the sword to his throat. After getting the money, they made their getaway on bicycles.
Perhaps the police may have been skeptical about such accounts, but on the following evening it happened again. A driver for another local pizza joint was robbed of his cash and phone, this time by 3 men wielding swords. Police are still looking for the Zorro wannabes.
- Dog Shoots Pizza Delivery Man. Pizza delivery personnel are always on the lookout for dogs, since they sometimes bite. But sometimes, they shoot as well. This happened in Ohio, which seems to a place where weird crimes occur much more regularly.
Ryan Brill was delivering food from Wild Wings n Things, and customer Anthony Wulf placed his gun on the table to open the door for Brill to get his food. Unfortunately, Wulf had a dog that knocked the gun off the table. It then fired upon hitting the floor, and the bullet hit Brill in the leg.
The good news is that Brill was eventually all right. Wulf had immediately gotten the delivery driver inside the house, and he performed first aid and then called the police. Brill only spent a few hours in the hospital as the injury was non-life threatening, and afterwards only went through several weeks of using crutches. No criminal charges were filed against Wulf, although Brill did say that he wasn’t’ sure about delivering to that same customer ever again.
- Stabbed Delivery Man Completes Pizza Handoff. In the General Post Office in New York City at 8th Avenue and 33rd Street, there’s the inscription that says: Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. But for 25-year old Josh Lewis of Spinelli’s Pizzeria in Louisville, Kentucky, not even a stabbing can stop him from completing his pizza delivery.
According to news reports, Lewis was delivering pizza to the local Norton Hospital. When he arrived in the early afternoon, he was stabbed in the back by the suspect, who then took his black Jeep Cherokee delivery vehicle. Amazingly, he was still able to get the pizzas to the customer in the hospital before he collapsed. Talk about dedication!
Lewis was taken to the nearby University Hospital for emergency surgery to treat his stabbed wound and collapsed lung. Spinelli’s Pizzeria donated 50% of sales for the entire day for Lewis and his family, and a GoFundMe account was also set up with a target of $10,000.
- Delivery Driver Fights Back. Sometimes the bad guys get their comeuppance, and the good guys win. In this case in Atlanta, it’s actually a lady.
A 27-year old female delivery driver for Papa John’s in Atlanta found herself walking into a setup for a carjacking and a robbery. When she arrived at the delivery address, a man named Donquaz Stevenson her and then pulled the gun out. Stevenson forced her out of the car at gunpoint and then had her lie on the ground.
Unfortunately for Stevenson, the lady was also armed and had a gun in her pocket. She was able to reach for it and then she shot the suspect in the face. Stevenson survived the encounter and was later found with a gunshot wound to the face. A second suspect, however, was able to take her delivery vehicle.
What’s really strange about the case is that the lady driver could have been fired from her job, because Papa John’s employees are forbidden to carry firearms to work. But the Papa John’s Facebook page received numerous letters of support for the lady. She wasn’t fired, and she received counseling after reassignment to a non-delivery job inside the Papa John’s location.
- Pizza Delivery Man Stabs Customer. Finally, sometimes the delivery man is the bad guy. It was bad enough that 31-year old Michael Charles Parker of Domino’s Pizza in Covina, California was 1½ hours late in delivering the pizza. When the 20-year old customer complained, Parker stabbed him. Fortunately, the victim survived the attack.
So what’s strange about this case? Other stabbing suspects normally would have fled the scene. But not Parker, who returned to the workplace afterwards as if nothing had happened. He was found there when the police came for him!