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Two North Carolina men visiting South Beach have been arrested and accused of drugging and raping a woman who later died in her hotel room, police say. Investigators are trying to determine whether the woman died of an overdose, possibly from a pill the men supplied.
The arrests come as Miami Beach police and city officials have been grappling with the overwhelming spring break crowds, instituting an 8 p. In recent weeks, South Beach has seen brawls, crowd stampedes and police confrontations involving the use of pepper balls. Miami Beach police have made over 1, arrests since February and at least five officers have been hurt on the job, according to the department.
The charges Collier and Taylor face are far more serious: burglary with battery, sexual battery, petty theft and the fraudulent use of a credit card. If the drug they gave her is proven to have played a role in her death, the men could potentially face a manslaughter or murder charge.
The victim, a year-old woman visiting from Pennsylvania later identified as Christine Englehardt, was staying at the Albion Hotel, James Ave. On Monday afternoon, prosecutor Ayana Duncan said the men should be held in jail before trial because they could face even more serious charges depending on the of the death investigation.
Collier and Taylor will face an arraignment in about three weeks. Detectives immediately obtained video surveillance footage of two men entering with the woman, and then leaving less than one hour later. Collier fit the description of one of the men, and was found Saturday on Ocean Drive at Eighth Street — an area that has been jam-packed with partiers in recent weeks.
He was wearing the same pants seen in the video, according to the report. He confessed to police that he and Taylor met the woman at a local restaurant.
It was unclear from the arrest report whether she took the pill willingly, or if she was given it surreptitiously. Walking into the hotel, the detective testified, the woman was staggering enough that Taylor had to hold her up as they walked into the elevator. At the hotel, Collier claimed, they each had sex with the woman, and at one point, Taylor forced himself on her as she appeared to be unconscious, the report said.
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