Two spring breakers visiting Miami from North Carolina are accused of drugging and raping an unconscious woman who was found dead in her South Beach hotel room last week.
Evoire Collier, 21, and Dorian Taylor, 24, have been arrested in connection with the death of a 24-year-old woman who was in town from Pennsylvania, the Miami Herald reports. The woman, identified as Christine Englehardt, according to NBC6, was found dead on Thursday.
Investigators are trying to determine if the suspects supplied Englehardt with a drug that caused her death. The men allegedly admitted to giving her a “green pill,” according to an arrest report obtained by Oxygen.com. A Miami Beach detective testified during a Monday bond hearing that Collier said he believed it was the pain reliever Percocet.
Collier and Taylor have both been charged with sexual battery, burglary with battery, theft, and credit card fraud. The two suspects, both from Greensboro, are also accused of stealing the Englehardt's credit cards and using them during their trip. If investigators believe that a drug they supplied to her contributed to her death, they could possibly face manslaughter or murder charges, the Associated Press reports.
After Englehardt was discovered “semi-nude” and dead in the hotel room, detectives obtained video surveillance footage of two men entering the hotel with her, then leaving less than an hour later, according to the arrest report.
Collier allegedly admitted to police that he and his friend sexually assaulted Englehardt at the hotel. Taylor allegedly forced himself on her while she was unconscious.
“The fact that the victim was under the influence of alcohol and narcotics, she could not have consented to sex with the defendants,” the police report states.
Furthermore, during Monday’s bond hearing, Miami Beach Detective Luis Alsina testified that Englehardt was staggering so much that Taylor had to prop her up as they entered the hotel.
“The defendant was holding her from behind, holding her by the neck so she could stand,” Alsina said.
Miami’s South Beach has been the center of recent unrest. Since February, the area has seen more than 1,000 arrests and more than 100 gun seizures. This week, spring breakers have taken to the streets, engaged in brawls and stampedes resulting in Miami Beach Police bringing out SWAT teams to fire pepper bullets in their attempt to disperse crowds. An emergency 8 p.m. curfew has also been put in place.
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