Oklahoma City police have arrested three suspects in an assault on a pizza delivery man.
Police arrested Sethe Higgins, 15, and Keith Stewart, 14, on complaints of robbery with a dangerous weapon and Marcus Smith, 18, on complaints of robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with intent to commit a felony and conspiracy to commit a felony.
Edward Hackett, 77, of Del City, was attacked and stabbed in the abdomen about 11:45 p.m. Saturday as he tried to deliver a pizza to Chapel Ridge Apartments, 5707 SE 48, police said.
Late Sunday, investigators identified the three suspects who were taken into custody, police said.
Higgins and Smith were booked in to the Oklahoma County jail. Stewart was booked into the Berry House.
Hackett underwent surgery at OU Medical Center after the attack and was listed in fair condition Monday.
Police believe the robbery was a setup, with Hackett called to an empty apartment.
Domino's spokesman Tim McIntyre said delivery personnel typically carry $20 or less, are asked to wear no jewelry other than a cheap watch and a wedding ring to avoid being targeted for robberies. He said a foundation supported by Domino's employees is poised to help the man with medical costs incurred. All stores in Oklahoma are independently operated.
‘Sweet and kind' man
Benesha Brown lives in the apartment building where the stabbing took place. She said Hackett had worked for several years at the store. She described him as a “sweet and kind” employee of the store, which sits in a small plaza with a dry cleaner, liquor store and 7-Eleven.
Brown said the stabbing was the first violent crime she'd heard of in the area. Brown said she has lived at the complex for five years.
“This area, the community is really nice,” Brown said, though she is wary of teen boys who sometimes hang around at night.
Hackett's roommate at a small home in Del City and co-workers at the Domino's store declined interviews after the attack. A nurse who answered the telephone at OU Medical Center said Hackett and his family do not wish to talk to the media.