The shocking news that Rene Betancourt injured himself skateboarding -- instead of in a brutal beating, as he claimed -- came nearly two weeks after he was admitted to Jackson Memorial Hospital with a fractured skull and blood clots in his head. His father, Rene Betancourt Sr., and Miami Police spokeswoman Kenia Reyes talked about the turn in the case.
Rene Betancourt went home Tuesday following 10 days at Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he began his recovery from a brutal beating in downtown Miami earlier this month. Betancourt, his father and Miami Police spokeswoman Kenia Reyes discuss the developments.
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Miami Police spokeswoman Kenia Reyes said a surveillance video from a nearby office building showed 22-year-old Rene Betancourt falling off his skateboard.
The shocking news comes nearly two weeks after Betancourt was admitted to Jackson Memorial Hospital with severe injuries he initially said were the result of his being jumped by three black males, police said.
His father, Rene Betancourt Sr., said Friday that he is relieved that his son was not actually assaulted.
"As a father and as a family, we feel a little better that he was not attacked and he’s not going to have to live with that the rest of his life," he said.
According to a Miami Police report of the incident, Betancourt had been attacked in the area of Northeast 3rd Street and Biscayne Boulevard just after midnight on July 7 as he was on his way to meet up with a group of skateboarders.
When doctors examined Betancourt, they found he had a fractured skull, fractured left orbital bone, laceration to his head and blood clots in his head, the report said.
Police say the surveillance video, taken from an office building near Northwest 12th Avenue and 14th Street, shows Betancourt skateboarding and taking a fall and then boarding the building's elevator.
In a statement released Friday, Reyes said the incident has been determined an accident and not a robbery or assault.
She said in an interview that Betancourt will not be charged with filing a false report.
“Because of the extent of the injuries, he never recalled what took place, so it was very inconsistent from the very beginning. So detectives are not charging Mr. Betancourt," Reyes said.