Crime

2 workers stabbed in South Beach hotel fight after man tried to touch women

Miami Beach police say Delunte Burch, 33, got upset after a woman cursed and shoved him because he was too flirtatious. Then, police say, he started a fight with two bartenders and slashed them with a knife.
Miami Beach police say Delunte Burch, 33, got upset after a woman cursed and shoved him because he was too flirtatious. Then, police say, he started a fight with two bartenders and slashed them with a knife.

Delunte Burch was sitting with two friends at a table outside of the Boulevard Hotel in Miami Beach, when, witnesses told police, he got a bit too tipsy and tried touching women.

When one of the women cursed, police said, Burch lurched. In the ensuing melee, two people were stabbed and Burch was tackled and held down until police arrived.

Burch, who lives in Texas and recently celebrated his 33rd birthday, was arrested and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest without violence.

Police and witnesses say the altercation began just before 9 p.m. Sunday while Burch was sitting with two friends outside the Boulevard Hotel at 740 Ocean Dr. Police said a hostess at the hotel told them Burch was “trying to touch women and talk to them as they passed by.”

When Burch went too far, the hostess said, a woman he reached for pushed and cursed at him.

That’s when he went toward her and eventually came into contact with two waiters at the Columbus restaurant at the neighboring Colony Hotel. After one of the waiters pushed Burch away, his arrest affidavit says, Burch pulled out a knife and started swinging.

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The Colony Hotel, where a fight broke out and two men were stabbed Sunday night after police and witnesses say a Texas man became too flirtatious and was cursed at and shoved. Roberto Koltun El Nuevo Herald File

In the fracas, two employees at the Colony were cut. One received an arm wound and was taken to the hospital. The other was cut in the stomach and treated at the scene by paramedics. Neither injury was life-threatening.

“It was a mess,” said Columbus General Manager Cristian Azzariti, who was there Sunday night. “He was trying to hook up with a girl and one of my guys told him to leave.”

Eventually, witnesses told police, hotel employees got Burch to the ground and held him there until police arrived.

The weapon was retrieved by police. During the tussle, Burch injured his left eye. Police said he suffered the injury during his fight with the waiters at the Colony.

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