Crime

He delivered a single, fatal punch, cops say. Now, he’s in jail.

Elias Sanchez
Elias Sanchez Broward Sheriff's Office

A single punch during a fight outside a Pembroke Pines bar earlier this month ended in the death of 26-year-old man, police said.

Now, the man who detectives say delivered the fatal punch, which caused Jovane Allen to fall and hit his head on the concrete, is being charged with manslaughter.

Elias Sanchez, 24, was arrested Wednesday and was being held in Broward’s Main Jail.

According to the arrest warrant, surveillance video showed Allen, along with some other bar patrons, standing outside Big Dawgs Sports Cafe, 10000 NW Sixth Court, Pembroke Pines, just before 4 a.m. Dec. 4.

By around 4:15 a.m., the video shows Allen, Sanchez and another man arguing. At one point Sanchez “adjusts his pants as if to prepare himself to fight,” police said in the warrant.

Sanchez then can be seen swinging his right fist once, and “connecting with Allen’s chin,” an officer wrote in the warrant.

“Allen immediately falls backward and strikes his head without bracing himself and is visibly incapacitated,” the officer wrote.

Sanchez then took off.

Allen was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital, where he died from his injuries Sunday. His death was later ruled a homicide by blunt force trauma by the Medical Examiner’s Office, according to police.

Carli Teproff grew up in Northeast Miami-Dade and graduated from Florida International University in 2003. She became a full-time reporter for the Miami Herald in 2005 and now covers breaking news.
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