Crime

There was a fight and a bite at Dunkin’ Donuts. Then the couple stole his truck, cops say

One person is dead at a rest area in Jackson County Tuesday afternoon, according to the Mississippi Highway Patrol.
One person is dead at a rest area in Jackson County Tuesday afternoon, according to the Mississippi Highway Patrol. Sun Herald file

A man who had just returned to his truck after buying coffee at a Dunkin’ Donuts in Miami early Wednesday morning got into a scuffle with a couple who eventually stole his truck — but not before one of them bit him on the arm, the man told police.

A short while later and with the help of a GPS device attached to the truck and K9s, the couple were captured at a home less than four miles away.

Now, Lamar Rashad Davis, 20 and Antoinette Trinette March, also 20, are facing single count charges of armed carjacking and aggravated battery on a person over 65.

At one point during the fight to get control of the man’s vehicle, police said the victim began hitting Davis over the head with his cellphone. That’s when, police said, “The defendant then grabbed the victim from the right arm and bit him causing a laceration and the victim to bleed from the arm.”

According to police and the victim, who isn’t named in the couple’s arrest reports, it was just before 5 a.m. when the 73-year-old man parked his 2007 GMC Sierra outside a Dunkin’ Donuts at 5128 Biscayne Blvd., then went inside and got a cup of coffee.

The man said he paid no mind to the couple standing in front of the neighboring liquor store, until March approached him. Standing between the truck’s driver’s side door and the seat, she told the victim that her boyfriend had just hit her.

When the older man suggested they go back inside the store and call police, he said March began blocking his way. Then, the man said, Davis came over and the two began to fight. When the older man was pushed to the ground, he grabbed his cellphone and hit Davis over the head with it several times.

Then, the man said, Davis bit him.

That’s when, according to their arrest reports, March began yelling that Davis had a gun and the victim grabbed the keys from his pocket and tossed them on the floor. The two drove away in the truck and the victim contacted police.

Police quickly located the vehicle at a home at 4131 NW 11th Ct., with the help of a GPS device attached to the truck. They surrounded the home, and with the help of K9 units persuaded the couple to come outside. They were taken into custody and charged.

Police said the man identified his attackers.

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Chuck Rabin, writing news stories for the Miami Herald for the past three decades, covers cops and crime. Before that he covered the halls of government for Miami-Dade and the city of Miami. He’s covered hurricanes, the 2000 presidential election and the Marjory Stoneman Douglas mass shooting. On a random note: Long before those assignments, Chuck was pepper-sprayed covering the disturbances in Miami the morning Elián Gonzalez was whisked away by federal authorities.
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