Saskatoon pizza delivery driver recounts struggle with shotgun-wielding attacker
Manjeet Sidhu robbed while delivering pizza twice this year
Manjeet Sidhu knew it was bad when the man pressing the sawed-off shotgun to the back of his head shoved him through the open front door and into the house where he was delivering a pizza.
It was 12:30 a.m. CST on Sunday and the 32-year-old driver had arrived at the bungalow on Grosvenor Avenue for what he believed was a routine delivery.
Sidhu said he parked his car and walked up to the door, the pizza box in his right hand. He pressed the doorbell and, just as the door opened a crack, a masked man came out of the bushes and jammed a sawed-off .410 shotgun into his skull.
The man shoved Sidhu into the house and closed the door.
"I offered money but the guy was, 'Sit down, sit down, sit down,'" Sidhu said.
Saskatoon police say three people are facing charges in relation to an armed pizza robbery in the 1800 block of Grosvenor Avenue on Sunday. Police said the delivery man was accosted by a man and woman. One of the suspects had a firearm and threatened to tie the pizza employee up.
Within 24 hours of the incident, Lumsden RCMP arrested a 25-year-old man and two women, aged 20 and 25. They were captured after a short chase and are facing charges of armed robbery and discharging a firearm with intent.
Bad going to worse
Sidhu said when he showed up for the delivery, two women were in the house. They had rope and wanted to tie him up.
Sidhu said there was no way that he was going to sit down and get tied up. So, he dropped the pizza box and went for the shotgun.
The men grappled face to face, both with two hands on the shotgun, at one point the .410 blasting a load into the ceiling. Sidhu said he was holding his own — until someone got their arm around his neck and allegedly started to choke him out.
'I think I'm dead.'- Manjeet Sidhu
He recalled going down, sliding into unconsciousness, believing that he was dying.
"I think I'm dead," he said.
"But I think God help me and, after that, opened my eyes."
Sidhu said he opened his eyes to find the man allegedly pointing the shotgun at him. Again, he said he managed to get his hands on the weapon and the fight continued.
Not the first time
This time, he managed to get a hand on the inside doorknob. He opened the door a crack, still holding off the shotgun with one hand.
"The girl crying don't shoot, don't shoot, don't shoot," he said.
Sidhu managed to get out the front door and said he ran onto Taylor Street screaming for help. He managed to flag down a passing police officer.
Sidhu said by the time help arrived, he could barely speak because of the injury to his neck. The attackers had taken off from the house.
They left with his car and cellphone, police confirmed. He recovered his glasses and turban at the house.
Robbed for 2nd time
Sidhu is not the first pizza driver robbed this year in Saskatoon. In fact, it's not the first time this year that he has been robbed.
Sidhu said he was robbed and beaten with a baseball bat while on a delivery to Victoria Avenue on Feb. 20.
Saskatoon police said two armed robberies involving pizza deliveries happened that night.
The first happened in the 400 block of Pendygrasse Road when a man was approached by two suspects armed with a bat and tire iron. The second happened in the 900 block of Victoria Avenue. Police said the delivery person was robbed and assaulted.
Saskatoon police said there have been 11 pizza delivery robberies since Jan. 1. 2016.
Sidhu is at home now and unsure when he's getting back behind the wheel.