Police responded to the assault on Friday, Aug. 30 just after 4 a.m., near 163 Avenue and 100 Street. Officers arrived to find a Skip the Dishes driver who was allegedly stabbed and robbed.
“The 50-year-old driver was stabbed in the upper torso. The injuries are described as non-life-threatening, however very serious in nature,” EPS spokesperson Cheryl Sheppard said.
“What we believe happened is the driver exited the vehicle, went to an apartment building in the area and at that time he was approached by three males unknown to him. At that time, they demanded his personal belongings as well as the food he had with him. A bit of a struggle did ensue. That’s when he was ultimately stabbed.”
The suspects are believed to have left the area in an unknown vehicle, police said.
“We don’t believe the people who ordered the Skip the Dishes order are the same people as the suspects,” Sheppard said.
Investigators have been conducting interviews and reviewing surveillance cameras, but are now looking to speak with any witnesses or drivers who may have been in the area at the time of the assault.
Police say this is not the first time a delivery driver has been attacked in Edmonton.
“We have seen a few of these robberies. Similar, not as violent,” Sheppard said.
“However, I think in this scenario it just happened to be an unfortunate set of circumstances of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Skip the Dishes provided Global News with the following statement:
“While incidents like these aren’t common on the network, we always encourage couriers to consider their safety while making deliveries. As independent contractors, couriers can accept or decline any offer that is matched to them in the app, complete deliveries at their own discretion and can choose not to complete a delivery if they feel unsafe at any time.”