Miami-Dade teen charged after fighting video is posted on Facebook

 
 
Alexander Baztan
Miami-Dade Corrections
Alexander Baztan Miami-Dade Corrections

Two people, including one teenager, have been arrested after someone posted a video of them beating up another person on Facebook, according to the Miami-Dade Police Department.

The beating happened last month at a house on 10020 SW 12th St. when Alexander Baztan, 18, began arguing with Adriano Boniche, 21, according to the arrest report.

As the fight escalated, Baztan reportedly began to punch Boniche repeatedly. When he fell to the ground, Baztan continued to punch and kick him. Boniche suffered a shattered cheek bone, which required surgery, along with a number of cuts on right side of head which needed stitches.

The fight, which was caught on video, was posted on Facebook.

Baztan, who was arrested on Wednesday, reportedly admitted during the questioning to punching and kicking Boniche as he lay on the ground. He denied however that he was the one who posted the video online. Baztan was arrested and charged with one count of aggravated battery.

As he came before a judge in bond court, Baztan said, “Someone else posted it.” Miami-Dade Police said they are not sure who posted the video on Facebook.

They have also charged 19-year-old Eduardo Rodriguez in connection with the beating.

During his first appearance, Baztan told the judge he was only defending himself. He said he had just gotten a job and wanted to go back to school so he could join the Navy after he graduates.

The judge set Baztan’s bond at $7,500 and told him to stay away from Boniche.

Baztan faces an appearance in traffic court within the next week.

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