Michael Charles Parker
COVINA – Domino’s motto for employees is “Sell more pizza, Have more fun!” This employee did not.
An argument over the late delivery of a Domino’s pizza and the size of a tip led to the stabbing of the customer in the 600 block of Mangrove Avenue in Covina. Domino’s pizza delivery driver Michael Charles Parker, 31, stabbed the 20-year-old customer in the neck and wrist areas around 11:35 pm Saturday, January 2nd, Sgt. Ryan Davis said.
According to the Covina Police report, when the pizza arrived late, the customer tipped Parker about $3 for the $45 purchase. The suspect stayed in the doorway, refusing to leave, and an argument ensued, which escalated into a physical altercation that took place in the residence’s driveway.
The stabbing victim was transported to a local trauma center; he suffered non-life threatening injuries. Parker was later detained at the Domino’s Pizza shop on 826 N. Glendora Avenue in Covina, and taken into custody for assault with a deadly weapon. He was held in lieu of $30,000 bail then released, pending his arraignment on March 21st, said Lt. Dave Foster.
In an email to NBC News, Domino’s VP/Communication and Public Relations Tim McIntyre noted that Parker was an employee of an independent franchise owner, and would not comment further.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the Covina Police Department Detective Bureau at 626-384-5620, the watch commander at 626-384-5665 or Crime Stoppers 800-222-TIPS (8477), and refer to case No. 16-00192.