Former Miami Dolphins DB Travis Daniels arrested following parking space dispute

08/13/2014 4:51 PM

09/08/2014 8:05 PM

Don’t get between Travis Daniels and a parking spot.

That’s the lesson from the Aventura Target, where police say Daniels, the former Dolphins defensive back, and his female companion roughed up two people over a place to park.

Daniels, 31, of Davie, has since been charged with misdemeanor battery. His running mate, 31-year-old Moyah Purkiss, faces a felony charge, as police say she used a cellphone to wail on the face of one of the victims.

The alleged incident occurred just before 10 p.m. Monday at the Target at 21265 Biscayne Blvd.

Here’s how cops said it went down:

Witnesses saw Daniels and Purkiss get out of their vehicle and sought out a man and a woman in the parking lot.

“[Purkiss] approached [the victim] and began yelling and screaming at her regarding the parking space,” according to the Aventura Police arrest report. “[She] then took her cellphone and struck the victim in the face causing facial lacerations and several teeth to be knocked out.”

Daniels, meanwhile, pushed and shoved the victims during the encounter.

An off-duty police captain was working a detail in the the parking lot at the time and witnessed the incident, police say. The cop was able to separate everyone until backup arrived. Witness accounts and surveillance video convinced police that Daniels and Purkiss were the aggressors, and took them into custody.

Both have since bonded out of county jail.

Daniels, who grew up in Hollywood before attending Louisiana State University, was a Dolphins fourth-round draft pick in 2005 and spent his first three pro seasons with his hometown NFL team.

He was ultimately traded to Cleveland Browns and later played the Kansas City Chiefs, but has not been in the league since the 2012 season.

According to her LinkedIn profile, Purkiss is the events director at T. Daniels Marketing LLC. There’s a baby registry at announcing that Purkiss and Daniels were expecting a child in the fall of 2013.

Join the Discussion

Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Terms of Service