That’s how long it took to arrest two of the men accused of beating a lesbian and trans woman despite the fact that witnesses identified them the night of the attack.
Jorge Giovanni Estevez and Daiken Fernandez were arrested on Wednesday, Dec. 27 for the vicious attack that happened on Nov. 25. Estevez is charged with battery with prejudice. Daiken is charged with two counts of felony battery with prejudice. Prosecutors are charging both under hate crime laws.
Daiken’s bond was initially set at $15,000 and includes orders to stay away from the victims. He’s also asking the court to assign a public defender.
As of this writing, Estevez’s court records haven’t been updated.
The victims were leaving a White Party in Miami’s bohemian Wynwood neighborhood. The group, which included a trans woman and a lesbian, was harassed by a group of men, which allegedly included Daiken and Estevez.
When one of the women yelled back, the verbal attack became physical. One was knocked out so hard her eyes rolled back, and witnesses feared she was dead. She spent several days in the hospital and weeks in concussion protocols.
Why So Long?
Many are still questioning why it took so long to charge the pair. Witnesses say they identified them, by name, when police arrived on the scene. They said one of the attackers works at a nearby club.
The night of the attack, witnesses tracked the suspects on social media. Pictures captured from various Instagram accounts appear to show them partying at the Electric Lady earlier that evening.
Accounts and pictures that appear to be associated with the defendants were scrubbed, deleted, or made private.
These pictures were provided by a witness. OutSFL has not independently verified the images or accounts involved.
This is still an open case. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at (305) 471-TIPS.