A bizarre chain of events that began with a minor car crash in South Miami-Dade ended with two men arrested, facing several serious charges, and another man in the hospital, police said Thursday.
Miami-Dade Police Department's Kendall District is investigating the incident that happened about 5 a.m. Thursday at Southwest 112th Street and Dixie Highway.
Police say a Hyundai Sonata, carrying Brian Boyd, 20, and Rovantai Payne, 20, got into an accident with a Nissan Frontier pickup truck, driven by Roger Flores, 55. It was not clear who hit whom.
It’s what followed that landed Boyd and Payne in jail and Flores in the hospital.
According to Boyd’s and Payne’s arrest reports:
Once Flores pulled over, Boyd began pounding on his driver’s side window telling him to drive away. When he refused, Boyd climbed into the truck’s bed, smashed the rear window, crawled inside and began choking Flores and punching him from behind.
Meanwhile, Payne grabbed a wooden Louisville Slugger baseball bat and began hitting the truck and Flores in the chest and belly. Flores told police he was about to lose consciousness when he saw the police lights approaching.
When police — who were responding to a possible carjacking — arrived, they saw the men beating the truck. Flores was taken to a local hospital in stable condition.
When Boyd was handcuffed, the report says, he struck an officer in the chest area with his arm. After being placed in a police car, he smashed the rear window and bent the frame. While being searched, police found marijuana in his pocket, according to the report. Once inside the interview room at the police station, Boyd was “irate, flipping the table, grabbing a hold of the chairs, and throwing them into the walls.”
Boyd faces charges of burglary to a vehicle with battery, criminal mischief, battery to a law enforcement officer, threats to a public servant and marijuana possession. Payne was charged with burglary to a vehicle with battery, criminal mischief and resisting arrest without violence.
Both men remained in jail Thursday night.