Crime

Miami Beach police charge suspect in the rape and robbery of a woman in her hotel room

Miami Beach police arrested a 24-year-old Miami man they suspect may be the one who attacked three women in hotel rooms in three cities.

He is identified as Shane Bayne. He was captured early Saturday morning after several hours of surveillance, Miami Beach police spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez said.

Bayne was interviewed for several hours at Beach police headquarters. After his arrest on a charge of sexual battery with a deadly weapon and serious injury he was transported to Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center by Beach police.

“Both Doral and BSO have been notified and will follow up on their investigations,” Rodriguez said.

The Miami Beach incident

In an incident report, Miami Beach police say a woman checked into a hotel, later identified as the Century Hotel on Ocean Drive, on Wednesday and went for a walk in the morning.

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She told police she met Bayne on the beach, exchanged phone numbers, and got together later in the afternoon after he called her.

Once inside her room, she told police she “was down to have sex with him” but changed her mind when she found out he didn’t have a condom. She said, “No.” He got angry, she told police from a stretcher in the emergency room at Mount Sinai Medical Center, where she went to be treated.

“He started insulting her and calling her names. At some point the male grabbed her with both hands around the neck and started to choke her while both were sitting on the bed,” the woman told police, according to the incident report.

Then, she told police, Bayne put his hands around her neck and started to choke her while they were on the bed. He kept one hand on her throat and the other immobilizing her arms and raped her, she told police.

After, she told police at the hospital she went into the bathroom, crying and distressed, and to clean herself. When she came out of the bathroom, she saw him pointing a gun at her and “demanding something she didn’t understand,” the incident report said.

They fought. She pulled Bayne’s dreadlocks and broke her nails. Bayne twice dropped his weapon and she told police she heard the land line in her room ringing. She managed to open the door and saw an employee in the hallway. Bayne ran out of the room yelling, the woman told police.

But it was too late to gather forensic evidence. When Beach police got to the hotel the room had already been cleaned by staff.

Doral and Dania Beach incidents

The man is a suspect in two other similar incidents in Doral and Dania Beach.

Doral police say a woman was attacked on Monday in her hotel room on Southwest 87th Avenue by a man wielding a weapon who didn’t rape her but forced her to undress at gunpoint and stole $400. The suspect matched the description of the Miami Beach attack.

On Thursday, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said a woman was robbed inside her room at the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott on Griffin Road, after a man matching the description was invited inside.

Crime Stoppers contact

If you have any information, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-1900, or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477.

Miami Herald Real Time/Breaking News reporter Howard Cohen, a 2017 Media Excellence Awards winner, has covered pop music, theater, health and fitness, obituaries, municipal government and general assignment. He started his career in the Features department at the Miami Herald in 1991.
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