TWO men accused of drugging and raping a 24-year-old woman before leaving her to die were pictured partying in Miami Beach the next day after reportedly stealing her credit cards.
Evoire Collier, 21, and Dorian Taylor, 24, made their first court appearance on Monday charged with the attack on 24-year-old Spring Breaker Christine Englehardt in her hotel room.
The two men were arrested Sunday after allegedly being caught on surveillance footage walking with Englehardt to her room in the Albion Hotel im South Beach am Mittwochabend.
The suspects, from North Carolina, left the hotel 30 minutes later and Englehardt’s semi-nude body was found in her room on Thursday morning, gemäß NBC Miami.
Authorities determined that she’d been drugged and sexually assaulted but the exact cause of death is pending.
Am nächsten Tag, Collier and Taylor allegedly continued to celebrate Spring Break and were seen posing for photos as they walked along Ocean Drive.
The men are seen in the pictures making joking hand gestures to the camera as they jump in to photobomb another Spring Breaker.
The woman shared the pictures to social media where she was shocked to learn their true identity.
‘To continue on with your vacation as if it was OK… it just goes to show you. You never know who is around you,” De’Asia Skillern, 22, erzählte DailyMail.com.
“I was just walking around taking pictures, my sister showed me, like hey people were photo-bombing you. They didn’t stop to talk to me, they were just walking past.”
Skillern added in a Facebook-Post that she didn’t know the men and only learned of their alleged crime when she was sent a news article by a person who recognized them.
Es war enthüllt von The Sun on Thursday that Taylor already has a long rap sheet – including drug and firearm offenses committed across state lines.
Yet the second suspect Collier’s family has claimed he’s “not some monster” as he is allegedly placed on suicide watch.
Collier’s sister pleaded with Judge Mindy Glazer to release him during his court appearance, claiming she is “severely bewildered by these charges and accusations against him.”
“If you please let my brother come home and let our family handle the situation appropriately we will do whatever is necessary that Miami-Dade County asks of us,” Sie hat hinzugefügt.
The judge refused and Collier has since been placed on suicide watch, Crime Online Berichte.
His family insists that he “wouldn’t hurt a fly” and that he had gone to Miami to pursue his music career.
“He’s an honest person. He’s gullible … he’s not some monster. He wasn’t a predator,” a friend’s mother, Adrienne Long, claimed of the former high school athlete.
“He definitely was in the company of this older guy who could possibly influence him.”
Englehardt was allegedly left for dead by the suspects after traveling alone to Miami.
Her family told Fox News that she was an “amazing human being” und ein “beautiful girl.”
In einem GoFundMe established for funeral costs, the family added that “she had the biggest heart’ und “would do anything for a person in need.”
Her cause of death is pending as of Wednesday afternoon, along with a toxicology report.
During a Monday bond hearing, a prosecutor said that Englehardt was so intoxicated while she was at the hotel that she could not give consent to either of the accused men.
Judge Glazer said in court: “The victim couldn’t even pick up the phone to call the police or 9-1-1 after they did what they did to her.”
Collier reportedly admitted to police that he met the woman in a restaurant and walked with her along ocean Drive.
He also allegedly said that he saw Taylor giving the woman a “green pill” with the characters “a30” on it, which he believed was Percocet.
It’s not clear at this time what the pill was or if she died from overdosing on it.
It is also not clear if she took the drug willingly.
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Collier and Taylor both remain is custody and face charges including sexual battery, burglary with battery, petty theft, and the fraudulent use of a credit card, Fox reports.
The young woman’s death came as party chaos storms through Miami Beach.
Authorities have made more than 1,000 arrests as they look to crackdown on revelers amid the Covid pandemic.