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Dominos exec speaks out after Bourbon St. attack

L to R: Hardy, Pruitt (Source: NOPD) L to R: Hardy, Pruitt (Source: NOPD)
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -

Around 1:40 a.m. Sunday, a Dominos delivery man just trying to do his job became the victim of a vicious attack.

“I feel like it was very awful. I feel like you’re not safe to even deliver a pizza. It’s not right. You can’t even do your job,” Dionne Dorsey said.

Police say the attackers were trying to steal the pizza, and within seconds, several men started kicking and punching him. Another man appears to set something down in the video, and then he joins in.

At least four men attacked the victim. Some of them even stomped on the victim while he appeared to be unconscious.

“The video itself is sickening. We are disgusted to watch it. You know, this was an attack on an innocent man just trying to make a living working for us,” Dominos Regional Vice President Robert Tedesco said.

Tedesco points out that the attack continued until a woman stepped in to help. The video shows a man dragging the victim away in an attempt to get him out of danger.

“They are the true heroes in this story. We cannot thank them enough because there was a lot of opportunities for others to step in. Until you’re in that situation, you never know what you’re going to do,” Tedesco said.

He says the people who stepped in to help, also showed a lot of courage after the incident, helping police to catch two of the suspected attackers.

The NOPD arrested Derrick Pruitt and Rashad Hardy. Investigators say two other men got away.

“It’s just wrong. It really is,” Dorsey said.

Dorsey works on Bourbon Street, and said she believes there’s more violence and criminal activity there late at night.

"Sometimes, I do fear for my safety. I really do,” Dorsey said.

The victim, we’re told, is doing much better. He’s described by his co-workers as being very brave.

“He came back to work. He’s out there. He’s working for us on the street right now. He’s so brave. We’re proud of him. He’s not going to allow a couple of cowards to stop his life,” Tedesco said.

Both men arrested are now out of jail on a $10,000 bond. According to court documents, both suspects are from Laurel, Miss.

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