On Aug. 19 a man 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.”
Garlic knots are buttery, garlicky knots of dough — often pizza dough — that many consider positively scrumptious. Violence is not typically associated with 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.