Miami Beach police have arrested and charged a South Beach security guard with beating a tourist unconscious in the early hours of New Year’s Day.
Police said Cody Quaife, 34, turned himself in Friday afternoon. He works as a bouncer at Cameo nightclub, 1445 Washington Ave., where the beating happened just outside.
A witness told police that without being provoked, Quaife punched 22-year-old Youness Adlan in the face. Adlan’s head hit the sidewalk when he fell to the ground.
With multiple skull fractures, Adlan was rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he remains in a coma.
Adlan goes to college in Rhode Island, and he had come to Miami Beach with a friend for the holidays. They spent New Year’s Eve at Cameo.
He’s a Moroccan national, and his family from Morocco flew in to be by his side. Hours before the arrest, they had asked the community for help to find the person who struck Adlan.
His father, Najem Adlan, told the Herald’s news partner CBS 4 that he needs his son to be better.
“This situation is so hard for me, for his mom, for all of the people who love him,” he said. “He was a very good boy.”
According to police reports, Youness Adlan and his friend split up at around 5 a.m. Shortly after, Adlan’s friend found him on the ground, beaten unconscious, on the sidewalk along Española Way.
Quaife faces a felony battery charge.
Friday night, Adlan’s family released this statement to CBS 4: “We greatly appreciate the hard work of the Miami Beach Police Department, the Miami Beach Community and the media covering this tragedy. All of their hard work clearly led to the arrest of the individual you attacked Youness.”
Information from CBS 4 was used in this report.