LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A pizza delivery man is still recovering in the hospital after he was stabbed while making a delivery on Sunday afternoon. Josh Lewis works for the downtown Spinelli's Pizza location. On Sunday, he was making a delivery to Norton Hospital downtown, but ended up in the hospital himself.
His manager, Willow Rouben, said Lewis got out of his car and noticed a man who appeared to be waiting at a nearby bus stop started walking toward him. Rouben said the man demanded Lewis hand over his keys and whatever else was in his pockets, then stabbed Lewis in the back. Lewis somehow managed to walk into the Norton ER where he collapsed. The suspect got away in Lewis' vehicle.
Lewis was treated at Norton Hospital and then transferred to University of Louisville Hospital where he is recovering.
Originally from Detroit, Lewis is a sophomore at Boyce College, the undergraduate school at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville. Lewis is heavily involved in his church, Sojourn Community Church in Shelby Park.
"He has a very strong faith in the Lord and that's where he has placed his confidence right now," said Lewis' friend John Mike McGuire.
Dean of Boyce College Dr. Dan DeWitt said the stab wound punctured Lewis' lung. Dewitt is grateful Lewis was outside a hospital and that he is alive. He said Lewis is getting back to his normal self by cracking jokes and being in good spirits.
He also said Lewis has even found it in his heart to forgive the man who attacked him.
"For him to see beyond that tragic moment and to know what must have been going on in the life of this other individual, that they in the middle of broad daylight would stab someone to steal their vehicle," said Dr. DeWitt. "He is already having compassion for him makes me extremely proud as one of his professors."
On Wednesday, May 6, Spinelli's downtown will be holding a special fundraiser for Lewis and to help his family. Rouben said 50 percent of sales for the entire day will go help Lewis get a new vehicle.
A Gofundme.com page has been set up to help Lewis with any expenses that may occur because of the attack and to help him get a new car.
Police said they are still following up on lead, but no arrests have been made.
The suspect is described as a black man in his 40s. He fled the scene in Lewis' Black Jeep Cherokee with gold racing stripes and light blue trim. The Jeep has Michigan tags with plate number CDY6122. Anyone with information is asked to call (502) 574-LMPD.