2 arrested after allegedly robbing, punching man near South Beach pizzeria

MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - Two men were arrested after, police said, they robbed a customer sitting outside a pizzeria in South Beach, then roughed up the victim when he went after them.

According to Miami Beach Police, Cristiano Maurici was sitting outside Pizza Rustica along the 800 block of Washington Avenue last week when he was confronted by the subjects.

Investigators said the duo, later identified as Christopher Cooper and Joshua Miller, stole a beer and a $10 bill from the customer.

When Maurici went after the robbers, police said, one of them punched him in the face.

“I start to feel pain here, and I called the police. The police just came here. I said what happened,” said Maurici. “They say, if they catch them, you have to recognize them.”

Officers found the subjects four blocks away and took them into custody.

“When you do something wrong, you have to pay for it,” said Maurici. “If you are a good person and you don’t do nothing wrong, nothing bad happens to you.”

Cooper and Miller are facing charges of strong-arm robbery.

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