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Spinelli's pizza delivery driver extends forgiveness to attacker

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Spinelli's pizza delivery driver who was stabbed and robbed as he was delivering to a downtown hospital told reporters he forgives the suspect who attacked him. In a one-on-one interview with WDRB's Travis Ragsdale, Josh Lewis described the life-changing moment.

"As soon as I was on my feet before I had a chance to even close my door he was in my face yelling at me to give him his keys," Lewis recalled.

It's been four days since he was stabbed, and so far, he says his recovery is going well. He said never in a million years did he expect the attention he's now getting, and that as he was was delivering a pizza downtown on Sunday, he never thought he would be the victim of violence.

"I looked down and could see that he had his hand in his hoodie pocket and something was pointing at me so I just lifted up my keys so he could take them out of my hand," Lewis said, "I look down again and hes got a dagger in his hand with a blade in it."

But Lewis said as soon as he got out of his car he was confronted.

He said that when he looked into the eyes of his attacker he knew no matter what, he was going to be stabbed, so he took off running. As he did Lewis says his attacker slashed him with a knife across the back. But he kept running, and made it into Norton Healthcare downtown, where nurses were able to immediately help him.

"He had ran after me to catch up and slashed me with his knife up under my back and got it from one side of my back all the way to the other side," Lewis said.

Eventually he was transported to University Hospital, where he had surgery. He was just released Thursday morning.

But through all of this, Lewis says his outlook on life hasn't changed. In fact, he says he's even forgiven his attacker

"I don't want to hold a grudge against that guy for doing anything to me," he said. "But if he was sitting in the room right now, all I would want to do is let him know, 'I forgive you. What you did needs justice, but what's more important here is that you hear that I forgive you and Jesus forgives you for what you did and there's hope.'"

Lewis says he is planning on going back to work at Spinelli's, but not as a driver this time.

He's also planning on continuing his studies at Boyce College.

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