Two Individuals Arrested By Miami Police For Engaging In An Anti-LGBTQ+ Assault

Mocobizscene- Miami Police have apprehended two men for the vicious assault on a group of queer women in the Wynwood neighborhood of the city. According to NBC News South Florida affiliate WTVJ 6, the authorities arrested Jorge Giovani Estevez, 33, and Daiken Fernandez, 25, on December 27.

According to local media outlets, a police spokesperson has stated that both men are being charged with multiple felonies, with hate crime enhancements. One of the victims identified Estevez as the man who punched her, while Fernandez was identified as the individual who punched her, causing her to lose consciousness. Additionally, Fernandez allegedly punched her friend, resulting in her falling and hitting her head, leading to a concussion and a cut on her forehead that required stitches. This information was reported by NBC6 Miami.

The incident occurred around 3:30 a.m. on November 26th, outside of 38 NW 24th St, as stated in the arrest report. A bystander’s cell phone video, which was later shared on social media, partially captured the attack.

In the video, you can hear the victims pleading for the fighting to stop and mentioning that they have already called the police. The two individuals, who are wearing white shirts, proceed to attack a man who is attempting to defend the group of women. The police report states that the man was assaulted when he tried to prevent the suspects from leaving after the women were attacked.

According to arrest reports by WPLG 10, Estevez claimed during his conversation with investigators that he was punched first by a man wearing a white dress, and he responded in self-defense. Fernandez also made a similar claim, but video evidence contradicted their statements.

As of Thursday afternoon, Estevez, who was facing one count of battery with prejudice, could no longer be found in Miami-Dade jail records.

Fernandez, who is currently facing two counts of battery with prejudice, is being held at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center on a bond of $15,000.

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