Two charged with drugging and raping woman who later died in her hotel at spring break in Miami

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TAMPA BAY, FL – Two North Carolina men have been arrested for drugging and raping a woman on spring break who later died in a hotel room on Miami Beach. The two men are also charged with stealing the woman’s credit cards.

Evoire Collier,21, and Dorian Taylor, 24, who were on spring break, were arrested Saturday. Police reported that the two men were the last people to see 24-year-old Christine Englehardt alive. Englehardt was also in Florida for spring break from Pennsylvania.

Collier and Taylor are charged with sexual battery, burglary, and credit card fraud. Additional charges are pending further investigation and a report from the medical examiner on the cause of death.

Police said the two men gave the victim a pill believed to have been the painkiller Percocet before they propped her up on the way to her hotel room, assaulted her, and then left her to return to partying.

If it is determined by the medical examiner that the pill played a role in her death, the men could face manslaughter or murder charges.

Both men were booked into a Miami-Dade jail.

During a court hearing following their arrest, testimony described the victim as not stable as the men walked her to her room:

“The video surveillance at this point we noticed that decedent or victim was not stable on her feet. They walked with her to the elevator. At one point, before they entered the elevator… this defendant was holding her from behind by the neck so she would stand still because obviously, she was intoxicated or drugged.”

During the hearing, Collier’s sister asked the judge for leniency:

“I’m severely bewildered by these charges and accusations against him, but I can attest for his character and I can attest for responsibility of him standing trial for whatever charges,

“If you please let my brother come home and let our family handle the situation appropriately, we will do whatever is necessary that Miami-Dade County asks of us.”

Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Mindy Glazer ruled that the men should be held without bond. When the defense attorney requested bond, the judge appeared to become agitated and said:

“I am not setting a bond. This is a very serious charge. He battered and hit a helpless victim. He broke in and committed these (inaudible) violations.

“The victim could not even pick up a phone to call 911 after they did whatever they did to her.”

The arrests come as Miami Beach officials set up an 8 p.m. curfew and other safety measures in an effort to control massive, unruly crowds that have descended on the area for spring break.

According to City Manager Raul Aguila, between February 3 and March 21, there have been more than 1,000 arrests in the city, with more than 350 of those for felony offenses, and over 80 seized firearms.

The city declared a state of emergency through mid-April as large crowds of people gathered to celebrate spring break, often resulting in clashes with law enforcement. Late Saturday night, police had to fire pepper balls into crowds of partiers and made at least a dozen arrests.

Officials have described the situation as out of control.

Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber declared a state of emergency on Saturday, saying the crowds have grown to “more than we can handle”:

“Too many are coming, really, without the intention of following the rules, and the result has been a level of chaos and disorder that is just something more than we can endure.”

A tweet from the Miami Beach Police Department on Sunday said police have made over 50 arrests and have confiscated eight firearms from the crowd.

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Two officers injured, more than 100 arrests made during Miami spring break

March 15, 2021

 

MIAMI, FL – With many people either being fed up with the restrictions of the pandemic, or having a false sense of security thanks to vaccinations, typical spring break locations and rituals are in full force. 

While these locations look like they are back to typical spring break crowds, typical spring break crimes that officers see annually, also come with it. 

Miami is one of the top spring break destinations across the country, and officers already have their hands full with crime, despite the fact that it is only mid-March. 

On Saturday, March 13th, Miami Beach Police have said that two police officers were injured during a disturbance in South Beach. Both officers were treated and have since been released. 

Now, 19-year-old James Harrison from New York has been arrested for the assault on the officers. According to reports, Harrison has been charged with two counts of battery on a police officer amongst other charges. 

In addition to the two officers being injured, authorities also reported that a man was attacked on the night of Friday, March 12th in the alleyway of 8th Street and Collins Court while large crowds were gathered.

The unidentified man was transported to Mount Sinai hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Police said 55-year-old Kenneth Adams was located, arrested, and charged with aggravated battery on a person older than 65. The weapon, a broken wooden chair leg was discovered at the scene and impounded, CBS4 reported.

Authorities said several firearms were also taken off the streets on that Friday evening.

Miami Beach police have reported that crime had been rampant from Monday, March 8 until Saturday morning, March 13. The department has reported that there have been 119 arrests, with 42 of those being felonies. Additionally, officers have seized 13 firearms and issued 866 traffic citations. 

According to CBS4, on Friday evening, Miami Beach police said officers were dealing with very large crowds near 8th Street and Ocean Drive. They say that officers were forced to utilize pepper balls to disperse people that had gathered while a subject was being taken into custody.

It is reported that while officers were attempting to make an arrest, a large crowd formed around them and became disorderly. This resulted in several people being detained. 

Miami Beach police have been bracing for this years spring break since February, knowing that spring break generally begins around February 15th and runs through the middle of April.

In order to plan for this, the department reconfigured their shifts of officers, which is meant to last for a period of eight weeks. 

Miami Beach Police Chief Rick Clements also issued a warning to those who have ill intentions when vising Miami Beach, saying:

“If you are coming down here to be disruptive and break the rules we are going to stop you.”

In January, Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber also had a message for those spring breaker’s intending on getting out of hand, saying:

“If people are coming here to go crazy please don’t, go somewhere else. If you’re coming here because you think we don’t have rules with regard to COVID, go somewhere else as well.” 

 

 

 

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