The North Miami Beach police officer accused of kicking an eight-month pregnant woman has been fired, the department announced Friday.
Officer Ambar Pacheco was charged with aggravated battery, an arrest affidavit says, after she attacked the woman in South Beach on Wednesday night.
“Due to Ms. Ambar Pacheco’s recent off-duty actions, her employment with the City of North Miami Beach has been terminated effective immediately,” Chief William Hernandez said in a statement issued Friday afternoon.
According to the affidavit, the kicking arose from a confrontation at the busy corner of Española Way and Washington Avenue around 8:40 p.m. Wednesday. On one side were Pacheco and her 21-year-old sister Mikaela Pacheco. On the other side, Liberty City couple Evoni Murray, 27, and Joseph Predelus, 40.
What started the fight isn’t stated in the report. What is stated is that Ambar Pacheco told cops Predelus kicked Mikaela Pacheco in the face and said to the arresting officer, “I saw red and beat the ---- out of (Murray).”
“The victim was transported to Mount Sinai hospital, at last check, she delivered a healthy baby,” Miami Beach police spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez said in an email.
The arresting officer wrote that Murray “appeared to be in severe pain and possibly having contractions.” Miami Beach Fire Rescue got her the three miles to Mount Sinai.
The affidavit said Ambar Pacheco “later stated ‘She doesn’t know who, but she kicked somebody.’”
Pacheco had been relieved of duty with pay until the conclusion of an internal affairs investigation, North Miami Beach police Maj. Richard Rand said. She’s been with the department for less than a year, so her employment had been probationary.
According to online Miami-Dade court records, Pacheco has had one previous arrest in Miami-Dade County; it was for petit theft when she was 18. She was referred to a pre-trial diversion program.