A man is facing charges after police say he forced his way into a Miami Beach apartment wielding a hammer and attacked two Colombian tourists during a home invasion robbery Saturday morning.
Jeremy Rivers, 33, was arrested Wednesday on charges of attempted felony murder and home invasion robbery with a deadly weapon, according to an arrest report.
The report said Rivers followed the tourists into an apartment in the 1500 block of Pennsylvania Avenue screaming and waving the hammer, then ordered one of them to tie the hands of the other using electrical cord.
At one point, Rivers hit one of the tourists in the head with the hammer, then started ransacking the apartment, the report said. He then tied a USB cord around the neck of one tourist and started pulling on it, causing the man to fall to the ground while losing consciousness, the report said.
"You killed him, please stop, we will give you anything you want," the other tourists yelled at Rivers in Spanish, according to the report.
The man whose hands were tied was able to get them free and rushed Rivers, grabbing his hammer, the report said. Rivers then grabbed a small iron table and hit the man over the head with it before fleeing, the report said.
The tourists were treated for their injuries, and were able to identify Rivers as the suspect who attacked them from a photo lineup, the report said.
Rivers appeared in court Thursday, where he was ordered held without bond. Attorney information wasn't available.