Assaulted pizza delivery man slowly recovering

By: Jerrika Insco Email
By: Jerrika Insco Email

The Perry County pizza delivery man who was assaulted last weekend is slowly recovering.

Papa John's employee, Phillip Slone, is now out of UK Hospital.

Although he does not remember much of what happened, Slone says he is thankful to be alive to celebrate his 35th birthday tomorrow.

37 staples, two broken fingers, and an immense amount of pain later, 34-year-old Phillip Slone is on the road to recovery.

"I was just kind of out of it, and I didn't know really what to think because I didn't know really what happened," said Slone.

Slone says he has worked at Papa John's for seven years, and that day's delivery was not different from any other.

"I didn't really figure nothing was wrong because that's just three orders. Somebody ordered three orders like a normal order," said Slone.

Slone says he was helpless after the two men beat him in the head and drove off in his vehicle.

"I had a cell phone, but I just couldn't figure out how to use it because I guess where they hit me in the back of the head it kind of throwed me a loop," said Slone.

He walked more than two miles before a co-worker spotted him.

"We was very angry. We wanted to know who would want to do this to him. He's laying there. He didn't even know us. We didn't even know if he was going to make it," said Joyce Combs, Slone's mother.

Although Slone is still recovering, his children are glad he is home.

"They're happy now. They take care of him. They make sure he don't get up and walk by himself. One of them is always with him, and they sit with them. They just don't want nothing to happen to their daddy," said Combs.

His family says they believe it was a random act, and Slone was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

State police say they are still investigating and searching for his 2009 silver Dodge Journey with license plate number 454 KZT.

Papa John's is still collecting donations for Phillip Slone and his family.

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