South Beach bartender’s nose smashed by group of cyclists amid series of attacks – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports
MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Beach bartender got his nose broken when he was attacked by a team of young bikers.
The victim, who asked not to be identified or to show his face to the camera, said he was walking with two colleagues when they were targeted on Saturday.
Police said the battery took place along the 600 block of Ocean Drive.
The victim said the two women accompanying him were almost shot, but it was he who ended up injured.
âI heard both bikes fall and felt the only punch, and then they started kicking me on the ground,â he said.
The bartender said he had heard of the cyclists.
“A gang of cyclists going around, antics, crossing pedestrian traffic,” he said.
Miami Beach police responded, but the cyclists pedaled, leaving the victim’s face dripping with blood.
âI didn’t even know what was going on because I was covered in a puddle of blood,â he said.
The bartender was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Investigators said they knew at least one of the culprits, as an internal Miami Beach Police flyer shows.
Police said last Saturday’s incident was not even the most recent.
On Wednesday night, detectives said, dozens of cyclists passed a woman near 12th Street and Ocean Drive when one attempted a stunt and slammed into her.
The victim, who was from Orlando, was taken to Mount Sinai Medical Center
Officers have since arrested a 15-year-old boy for assault and battery.
Police sources believe the same biker group was involved in several incidents in Miami Beach and Miami dating back to March.
7News reported the pursuit and beating of a man near Ninth Street and Collins Avenue and two other victims along Biscayne Boulevard in Miami’s Edgewater neighborhood.
Only minors have been arrested in connection with the earlier crimes.
But police said the man they were looking for in Saturday’s attack was older, between 18 and 24, stood between 5 feet, 10 inches and 6 feet, and weighed between 175 and 190 pounds.
âEach of them should be thrown in jail and served every worthwhile day,â said the bartender.
If you have information about any of these attacks, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember that you can always remain anonymous and you may be eligible for a reward of up to $ 5,000.
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