Peter Rosello, the son of Real Housewives of Miami star Alexia Echevarria, has surrendered in connection with an alleged attack of a homeless man on South Beach.
Rosello turned himself in Wednesday afternoon at Miami Beach police headquarters and has been taken to Miami-Dade County jail. He faces one count of felony battery, according to his attorney, Richard Sharpstein.
“He’ll be pleading not guilty,” Sharpstein said. “We’ll present the best defense possible.”
Police have wanted to speak with Rosello since last week, when TMZ sent them a link to a YouTube video that showed the 20-year-old Miami Beach residents punching Gary Lee Brown, a homeless man, in the groin. The video, which shows Rosello addressing the camera, saying “punching a hobo in the nuts,” was posted on Rosello’s Facebook page.
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On his page, Rosello also apparently wrote: “I feel bad for those people. didn’t mean to offend anyone. they got my love, i always give them like 5 bucks or weed.”
Brown, 62, told police he was sleeping on a piece of cardboard behind BCBG Max Azria, a women’s clothing chain on Lincoln Road, when Rosello punched him. He said Rosello was a stranger, the attack was unprovoked, and he wanted to press charges, according to police.
Rosello’s arrest report notes that battery charge was “with prejudice.” The charge was trumped up from a misdemeanor because Brown is homeless, according to police spokesman Sgt. Bobby Hernandez.
Sharpstein said he plans to meet next with prosecutors.