Police search for suspects after foreign tourist robbed
Police have arrested a duo that they say attacked and robbed a tourist in South Beach.
Patrycja Kaczorowska, 30, was walking home from Mango’s Tropical Cafe on Aug. 13 after a night out with her friend when, in the walkway of the Euclid Avenue apartment where she was staying, Jonathan Peters, 37, knocked her down and hit her several times, according to Miami Beach police.
“He attacked me from behind and I couldn’t see his face. I couldn’t see anything,” Kaczorowska, who was visiting from Poland, told the Miami Herald. “I was trying to kick. I was trying to fight.”
But Peters held his hand over her mouth so she couldn’t scream, and pried her cellphone and purse out of her hand, she said. He fled with her Samsung Galaxy Note 8, debit card, Polish ID card and $20, she added.
“I was in shock. I didn’t realize what was happening,” she said. “I thought he was going to rape or kill me.”
Kaczorowska said the altercation left her with bruises on her face, elbows and knees.
Miami Beach police surveillance shows the man’s female companion, later identified as Tuesday Grillo, 29, acted as a lookout when Peters attacked her about 3 a.m.
Both Grillo and Peters were arrested Tuesday and charged with strong arm robbery. Grillo is being held at Turner Gilford Knight Correctional Center on no bond, as she has an outstanding warrant for possession of cocaine. Peters will be sent to the same facility at 8 p.m. with bond set at $2,200, police said.
Kaczorowska is an English teacher in Poland, but she’s no stranger to South Florida. She’s previously vacationed in the Keys, Orlando and Miami, mostly returning to South Beach, she said.
“I thought South Beach was cool, but it’s not so cool right now,” she said.