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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - The pizza delivery man who was stabbed repeatedly on Grand Rapids' northeast side Wednesday night says he wasn't supposed to be working.
The 48-year-old father who had worked for Arena's Pizza in the past said he decided to help his friends while waiting to pick up the pizza he'd ordered for his own family. The pizza shop was busy, so he offered to help run a few deliveries.
24 Hour News 8 is only identifying the victim by his first name, Mickey.
The first delivery was in the 1600 block of Herrick Avenue NE. Shortly after getting out of his vehicle, Mickey realized he was in trouble.
"Just stabbed me," Mickey said, gesturing toward his abdomen. "Right here first, and then stabbed me again and said, 'I'm gonna kill you. I'm gonna kill you. Give me all your money!'"
Mickey said he didn't have much money for his attacker to take. The stabbing stopped when the robber's knife broke, leaving the blade in Mickey's back. The suspect took off.
Mickey was able to drive himself back to Arena's Pizza shop on Fuller Avenue where he realized how badly he'd been hurt.
"I realized I had the knife in my back and I pulled it out," Mickey said, adding that he believes the stabbing would have continued had the knife remained intact.
Friday, police said they were continuing to investigate the stabbing.
Police say the attacker is described as a skinny black male about 6 feet tall. His estimated weight is 135 lbs. and he appeared to be between 18 and 23 years old. He may have been wearing a plain red shirt with a left breast pocket and cargo shorts with vertical color strips.
Wednesday night, Mickey had a lot to come home to, including his 5-month-old son and his wife, Lori.
"It's just horrible to think that someone could do that to another person," Lori said while holding the couple's son. "If we can just get this one more person off the streets it will be a potential life saved."
Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact the Grand Rapids Police at 616.456.3604 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.
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