Pizza Delivery Man Stabbed Customer Angry Over Late Pizza, Police Say
A Domino's delivery man was arrested after he allegedly stabbed a customer after a fight over a late delivery.
The incident took place around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday when 31-year-old Michael Charles Parker was delivering a pizza to a home located on the 600 block of North Mangrove Avenue in Covina, police told NBC Los Angeles. Police say the delivery was one and a half hours late, and the 20-year-old customer tipped Parker $3 on about a $45 order.
Covina Police Lt. Dave Foster told the L.A. Times that the customer was upset over the "extended delay of the pizza delivery."
That's when things escalated. Covina police Sgt. Gregg Peterson told KTLA that the delivery man stood in the doorway of the home and refused to leave. He and the customer got into an argument, and then a fight took place in the home's driveway. That's when Parker allegedly stabbed the customer, who later suffered from cuts on his neck, hands and wrists.
"It appears that the suspect wasn't happy with the tip that was left," a Covina police official told ABC Los Angeles (via LA Weekly).
L.A. County firefighters treated the victim at his home, and then took him to a local trauma center for non-life-threatening injuries.
The delivery man fled the scene. Police investigated the incident, contacted the Domino's Pizza where Parker worked, and arrested him around 1 a.m. on Sunday, the L.A. Times reports. He was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon. Parker posted a $30,000 bail and has been released. He is expected in court for his arraignment on March 21.