Crime

Arrest made in brutal South Beach lifeguard stand rape

Blitz Monestine
Blitz Monestine Miami-Dade Corrections

Miami Beach police detectives have arrested a convicted burglar they believe raped a young woman at a South Beach lifeguard stand in May 2013.

DNA tests linked Blitz Monestine, 30, to the savage attack, police say.

The attack happened after the woman left Mac’s Club Deuce, 222 14th St., about 4:30 a.m. on May 5, 2013.

The woman had been drinking but later recalled a group of men on the street “began to insult and scream at her” as she walked out. One man began walking with the woman to the lifeguard stand a few blocks away, where he and another man attacked her, police said.

Both men pinned her down and raped her. “Please stop, please stop. Please let me go,” the woman told them, according to an arrest report.

“If you scream you are going to die,” she said one of the men told her.

The woman injured her hand trying to fight off the attackers before escaping to the Ritz Carlton hotel, where a valet called police, Miami Beach Detective Gus Sanchez wrote in an arrest report.

In December 2013, police said a preliminary DNA test identified Monestine as one of the attackers. The second man remains unidentified.

By that point, Monestine was in federal detention on an unrelated gun charge. He served 19 months in prison before his release last month.

Monestine was free only a few weeks before authorities arrested him on the rape charge late last week. He is currently jailed, and has no listed attorney.

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