Vero Beach man punches pizza delivery guy 'because he forgot the garlic knots,' cops say

VERO BEACH, Fla. -- A man accused of punching a pizza delivery person "because he forgot the garlic knots" got locked up on a misdemeanor charge, according to a recently released arrest affidavit.

A man on Aug. 19 told Indian River County Sheriff's deputies he was a pizza delivery person and was taking pizza to an address in the 400 block of 9th Street Southwest in Vero Beach.

The pizza deliverer said when he got there, Robert Wheeler, 48, was waiting for him outside.

The pizza deliverer said that when he lowered his window, Wheeler asked him who he spoke with on the phone before punching him in the face.

The pizza deliverer said Wheeler punched him "because he forgot the garlic knots."

Meanwhile, the pizza deliverer said Wheeler instructed him to "give that to the person working on the phone back at the restaurant."

Wheeler, who has the word "fat" tattooed on his left arm and "boy" on his right, told investigators he hit the pizza delivery person in the face.

But, he said the issue was money he said the restaurant owed him -- not forgotten garlic knots.

Wheeler, of the 1500 block of 18th Avenue Southwest in Vero Beach, was arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge.

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