Crime

Police arrest man in deadly sidewalk beating

Tyler Alexander
Tyler Alexander Miami-Dade Corrections

A man accused of beating another man to death — leaving him on a sidewalk — was arrested by Miami police.

Police were called to a business at 1277 NW Seventh St. at around 6:17 a.m. Friday “in reference to a male bleeding from the face,” according to an arrest affidavit.

The victim is believed to be in his mid-to-late 40s and had a “wound to the left side of his head caused by blunt force trauma,” according to police.

A witness told police that he had seen the victim walk to the business with a man named Tyler at around midnight.

Police identified “Tyler” as Tyler Alexander, 22, from Arkansas. He was arrested on Friday and charged with murder.

Surveillance footage from outside the business showed the victim and another person loitering and smoking cigarettes for several hours, according to police. Later on, the video shows the victim lying on the ground as the other individual “walks away carrying several items.”

The video shows Alexander inside the business wearing clothes that he said he had on during his contact with the victim, according to the police report. Additional footage shows Alexander, with his shirt removed and in hand, carrying two book bags, one multicolored, the other black. According to police, this video was captured moments after the unidentified person in the other video can be seen walking away from the victim’s body.

A witness told police that Alexander left his apartment at 420 NW 10th St. in Miami at around 11 p.m. Thursday and returned at 3:45 a.m. Friday holding two backpacks.

When interviewed by police, Alexander identified the victim as a friend of his with whom he had been drinking beer and smoking cigarettes early Friday. According to police, “he changed out of the shirt he was wearing while with the victim and placed the shirt inside of his backpack, after jumping in the bay.”

Alexander said that he put the book bag in his bedroom once he got home, according to police. While with the victim, he grabbed a coral “stone” and brought it to the area where the victim was sitting so his friend could place his feet on it, according to the report. Alexander told police he took the victim’s book bag.

Officers did not tell Alexander how the victim had died, but when he was asked if it was possible that the “stone” had come in contact with the victim when he brought it over, Alexander said: “I didn’t hit Dean in the head with the stone.”

Police did not fully identify Dean.

After noticing possible blood stains on his shorts, police obtained a search warrant to search Alexander’s apartment where they found a multicolored book bag with blood on it. Inside the bag they found a plastic bag with Alexander’s blood on it.

Alexander was arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

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