A teenager in Hollygrove blinded a deliveryman with bleach in order to rob him of the pizza he had brought, police said Wednesday.
Terrence C. Alexis, 19, ordered a Domino’s pizza to the 8600 block of Palm Street last Thursday, Feb. 3, and was waiting with a cup of bleach when it arrived about 4:30 p.m., said Sgt. Shaun Ferguson of the NOPD Second District persons-crimes division. Alexis threw the bleach into the deliveryman’s eyes, causing him to drop the pizza, Ferguson said. Alexis then grabbed the pizza and ran off, Ferguson said.
Investigators were able to locate Alexis based on descriptions by the victim and by area residents, Ferguson said.
“He admitted specific intent to take the pizza by throwing the bleach into his eyes,” Ferguson said.
The victim’s doctors say the damage to his eyes is temporary, but he is still receiving treatments and has yet to regain his sight, Ferguson said.
The case had originally been reported as an attack, but after investigators spoke to Alexis and conferred with the district attorney’s office, the charge was upgraded to simple robbery.