A 20-year-old man who was allegedly stabbed by a Domino’s Pizza delivery man in Covina earlier this year is suing the fast-food chain and his alleged assailant.
Austin Reilly filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court against Domino’s and Michael Charles Parker, seeking unspecified damages on allegations of negligence, battery and both intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress.
Also named as plaintiffs are Reilly’s parents, Owen and Christie Reilly, who witnessed the attack on their son, the suit alleges.
A Domino’s Pizza representative could not be immediately reached for comment.
A representative of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said she could find no charges filed against Parker and that Los Angeles County jail records show he was later released.
Covina police previously said Parker, 31, made a delivery on Mangrove Avenue about 11:30 p.m. Jan. 3 when he got into a dispute with Reilly about the time it took to deliver the pizza.
Reilly was stabbed in the neck and wrist, police said. The Los Angeles County Fire Department transported him to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to police, who arrested Parker the next day.
The lawsuit alleges that Parker used a box cutter intending to “disfigure and slay” Reilly and that his injuries were life-threatening.
Domino’s had an obligation to make occasional checks to see that its stores — including the one in Covina where Parker worked — were hiring people fit for the job of dealing with customers in their homes as opposed to in a normal restaurant setting, the suit states.
— Wire reports
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