Police: Robbers beat victim with stick

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

MIDDLESBORO, Ky. (WYMT) - A Mexican restaurant employee in Middlesboro was robbed when three people broke into his home. The victim says he was beaten with a stick!

Miguel Arrieta closed the La Esperanza Mexican Restaurant on Monday night and went home. Later that night, he says people come into his home yelling.

"To say, I need your money, I need your money! Everybody needs your money! And that scared me," said Miguel Arrieta.

He says he gave the woman and two men his wallet with twelve dollars.

"And he hit me on my hand," said Arrieta.

He says the robbers continued hitting him with a large stick demanding more money. He says they found the restaurant cash and ran away into the woods above Ironwood Road.

Middlesboro police searched the woods and found Josh Allen Smith, 20, and Rachel Farr, 22. Police are searching for the third suspect.

Police believe the trio targeted the La Esperanza employee.

"They had reason to believe they had just closed up, so they had reason to believe there would be cash there. That was the motive for coming in," said Jeffrey Sharpe, Middlesboro Police Chief.

Arrieta does not know the suspects. He says he has never seen them in the restaurant before and does not know how they knew he had the cash bag.

"Somehow these people knew there would be money at that house and we're looking into how they knew that," said Chief Sharpe.

Police have not recovered the undisclosed amount of missing money.

"I really need my money back. I work so hard all my life," said Arrieta.

Smith and Farr are charged with robbery, first degree. Bond for both is $25,000.

Anyone with information on the robbery or information on the third suspect should call Middlesboro Police.

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