Jason Parker

Body Cam, Witness Videos Released in Miami Beach Hate Crime Case

What to Know

  • The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s office released body cam video from police officers called to respond to the incident near Lummus Park.
  • Officials also released cell phone video showing four men walking away from the scene after the alleged attack shot by a witness.

New video has been released in the April incident involving four men charged with beating a gay couple near a Miami Beach bathroom.

The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s office released body cam video from police officers called to respond to the incident near the 500 block of Lummus Park shortly after the Pride Parade ended on April 8th.

Video also shows the arrest of the four men charged in the alleged attack - Luis M. Alonso, 20, and 21-year-olds Juan C. Lopez, Adonis Diaz and Pablo Reinaldo. Officials also released cell phone video showing the men walking away from the scene after the alleged attack shot by a witness.

All four men saw their initial aggravated battery charges increased after the SAO filed hate crime charges in the case. Each of the men saw their bond increased and are under house arrest with an ankle monitor until their trial – with each facing as much as 30 years in prison if convicted.

According to police, Rene Chalarca and Dmitry Logunov were standing near public restrooms when they were randomly attacked.

"We probably provoked them because we were walking together, holding hands. It was gay pride, South Beach was full of gay people," said Logunov.

According to an arrest report, the incident began when Logunov and Romo bumped into each other near the restrooms.

Police said the victims were called gay slurs in Spanish during the attack. They started to run away and were chased by the suspects and punched repeatedly, police said.

Helmut Muller Estrada, a Good Samaritan who tried to break up the attack, was also punched and had to be hospitalized.

The four suspects surrendered to police two days later.

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