It’s been a busy couple of days for 72-year-old Omar Sixto.
The bruises and stitches on his face are fresh, but his pain and discomfort was alleviated Tuesday when police arrested the man they say attacked him Sunday during a carjacking.
The vehicle was found in exactly the same condition Sixto last saw it, and Arturo Breton, 23, has been arrested on charges of robbery and aggravated battery, Miami police said.
"I never expected for the car to be recovered," Sixto said. "And number two, having the guy, already arrested, is good."
The Vietnam veteran was washing his Corvette in front of a friend’s house on the corner of Northwest 28th Avenue and Sixth Street in Miami, when the attack happened.
Sixto had noticed Breton walking in the area, Miami police said, and continued to attend to his vehicle. He then felt that he was violently struck from behind and fell to the ground.
Police said Sixto continued to feel strikes to his face, head and body, before his keys were removed from his front left pocket and the car stolen.
The attack left Sixto bleeding from the head, outside of his left eye, and other areas of his face.
"I have a laceration here in my skull,” Sixto said. “Three stitches here, eight here and a broken tooth."
Police were able to track down Brenton on Tuesday and place him in custody.
Sixto was then shown a photo line up and was able to identify Brenton as the person who struck him and took his car, police said.
After being read his rights, Brenton told police that he got the car from a friend, knew it was stolen and planned on selling it the following day. He then denied participating in the carjacking.
Sixto said he believes the carjacking was more a crime of opportunity than someone trying to scrap it for pieces.