Man, 18, arrested in death of father of 3 in South Beach

Father of 3 dies after ‘Instagram friend’ punches him near Lincoln Road

Officers arrested Nathan Roe, 18, on Wednesday in Miami Beach. (MDPD)

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Officers arrested an 18-year-old man on Wednesday in Miami Beach to face charges in the death of 36-year-old Joseph Chhuong, better known in South Beach as “Journey” for his love of travel.

Detectives said surveillance video show Nathan Roe standing between the Loews Hotel and the Royal Palm Hotel on the beach access walkway on Sunday. Officers said Roe delivered a knockout punch that left Chhuong on the ground.

“My brother was well known, loved and would give his last meal to you, if you needed it,” a relative wrote in an email on Thursday. “Everyone loved his outgoing energy and he wears his heart on his shoulder.”

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Joseph "Journey" Chhuong died in South Beach.

Chhuong was hospitalized at Mount Sinai where doctors determined he had suffered a traumatic brain injury, police said. On Tuesday, the medical examiner’s office reported he died of blunt force head injuries.

“My brother has 3 young children and was in Miami looking for a job,” the relative wrote, adding Chhuong and Roe were friends on Instagram.

Officers arrested Roe at the McDonald’s restaurant on Washington Avenue and Lincoln Road. Officers accused him of using his hands and feet to attack Chhuong. Roe is facing a second-degree felony manslaughter charge.

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