Man arrested for allegedly attacking 3 tourists from Alabama in Miami Beach – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports
MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have arrested a man who, according to police and victims, assaulted three men in Miami Beach who are visiting the Alabama area.
Glenford Rhule, 24, was charged with three battery charges in the alleged attack that took place Monday morning.
When asked if he feared for his life, the first victim said: “Yes, I really was.”
“He’s not with [expletives]“Said the second victim.
Neither the 18-year-old tourist nor his 19- and 20-year-old friends wanted to reveal their names, but they did talk about their handling of violence and hatred that began on Ocean Drive.
When they were taking a picture with friends, the men said they had met Rhule, who uttered homophobic slurs.
“‘Are you gay? Ugh, I don’t like gays'” said the first victim. “In the end he spat on me and then he threw the beer at me.”
Although the alleged attacker, who is six feet tall and weighs 220 pounds, cannot be seen in the picture, the victim urges him to move away.
Shortly afterwards, “he struck me in the back with a chair and hit me,” said the first victim.
At that point, the victim said he had no choice but to defend himself. He said he took a knife and stabbed him.
“I just saw something shiny on the floor and just stuck him with it,” said the first victim. “In the end I stabbed him [on his left side]. “
The suspect then yanked the knife from his back and was caught by the camera, which apparently showed his wound.
“He had a knife in his hand and I said, ‘He has a knife! He’s following my friend, ‘”said the second victim.
The group of friends would land on Collins Avenue and Ninth Street with one of the victims running to safety and the injured suspect not far behind.
The rest of the incident was recorded by the surveillance cameras at the Sherbrooke Hotel.
“It looked like a knife in his hand,” said Mitch Novick, owner of the Sherbrooke Hotel. “People turned around with fear in their eyes.”
Moments later, Miami Beach police arrived and arrested everyone before arresting Rhule. He was rushed to the hospital before being transferred to the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.
“It’s a hate crime,” said the third victim. “You know, nobody should be treated like that.”
The Miami-Dade prosecutor announced that the case was known and they are referring it to their hate crime prosecutor for review.
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