Deputies: Man stole money to pay for mom's electric bill

Publix manager injured in robbery


DELTONA, Fla. – Two men were arrested Thursday night after a Deltona Publix manager was injured during a robbery that netted $26.

Robert Danzi, 22, and Zachary Game, 21, were arrested in the theft, which occurred about 10 p.m. at the Publix at 2100 Saxon Boulevard.

Danzi was arrested on a charge of robbery with a firearm. Game faces charges of robbery with a firearm, aggravated battery using a deadly weapon, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and grand theft.

According to Volusia County deputies, Danzi attempted to purchase a pack of cookies and when the cashier opened the cash register, Danzi reached over the counter and grabbed some cash.

The cashier and a manager tried to stop Danzi, and Game jabbed the manager in his ear with a gun, deputies said.  The manager suffered minor injuries.

After grabbing the money, the pair drove off in a Jeep Grand Cherokee, which was spotted by several witnesses, deputies said.

The Jeep was later spotted exiting Interstate 4 and Interstate 95, and the pair drove into a gas station, where they were arrested without incident, deputies said.

According to the Sheriff's Office, Danzi said he and Game had attempted an unsuccessful robbery in Seminole County and then went to the Publix.   He said he needed money to help his mother pay her electric bill.

Deputies also discovered that the gun Game used in the robbery had been reported stolen out of Seminole County.

They were booked into the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach.