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MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) –Two people were stabbed inside a Miami Beach Publix Wednesday evening.

Officers arrested Matthew Lawrence Miller, 44, in connection to the stabbing.

Miami Beach Police say Miller stabbed two employees at the Publix located at 68th Street and Collins Ave. around 6:30 p.m.

Crews rushed one man to Jackson Memorial Hospital with a stab wound to his torso.

The second person was not transported but sustained injuries to their leg area, police said.

Both victims are expected to be okay, according to police.

Officers believe Miller was shoplifting when the employees intervened and a struggle ensued.

CBS4’s Amber Diaz spoke to one man who shops there often and was surprised to see police on such a busy night.

“It’s something I assume might never happen but I guess it can always happen in a big city,” said customer Eric Buck.

As for Miller, he is charged with Aggravated Battery, Armed Robbery and Retail Theft.

A Publix spokesperson issued a statement on the incident saying,

“The safety of our associates and customers is paramount and we are working closely with the Miami Beach Police Department as they continue their investigation. The store remains open at this time and is set to close at its normal hour of 11 p.m.”


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