Police are still trying to piece together what led to 20-year-old Alex Nicolas' death yesterday. The man was stopped by officers at 163rd Street and Biscayne Boulevard in North Miami Beach around 5 p.m. Police handcuffed Nicolas, but he ran off and ended up jumping into a canal, where he drowned.
Police have not yet released much information about the incident, but WSVN has identified the man as Nicolas, a graduate of Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Senior High.
"The subject was taken out from the driver's side of the vehicle; he was placed in handcuffs," Miami-Dade Police Det. Elena Hernandez told the station. "The subject then fled on foot from the officers, crossing Biscayne Boulevard and jumping into a nearby canal."
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Miami-Dade Fire Rescue jumped in to retrieve Nicolas. He was taken to Aventura Hosptial, where he was pronounced dead.