Restaurant owner pistol-whips customer over takeout complaint


Published: Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 9:44 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at 9:44 a.m.

PALM COAST, Fla. Flagler County authorities say a restaurant owner pistol-whipped and beat a customer who complained that his takeout order was incorrect.

Joseph Milano, the owner of Goomba's Pizzeria, has been charged with aggravated assault and battery with a deadly weapon and released on bail.

According to a police report, security footage from the pizzeria shows that Milano struck Richard Phinney with a gun. He then jumped over a counter and started to assault Phinney and his roommate.

Phinney was at the pizzeria to collect a refund for a calzone, which he said was prepared incorrectly. He was taken to a hospital after the incident with a bloodied head.

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