Michael Rodriguez Allegedly Killed a Man With a Beer Bottle During Bike Theft
Oscar Alvarado-Montoya and his friends gave Michael Rodriguez a beer. Rodriguez returned the favor by hitting Alvarado-Montoya over the head with the bottle. The injury would turn out to be fatal, and now Rodriquez faces first-degree murder charges.
Alvarado-Montoya and a group of friends were drinking beer around the 900 block of SW Fourth Street around 2:25 a.m. Sunday. Rodriguez approached the group and began bothering him. He apparently wanted to borrow Alvarado-Montoya's bicycle. Someone in the group handed Rodriguez a beer in hopes that it would placate him and he'd go away.
Instead, Rodriguez turned violent. He started pushing members of the group and then hit Alvarado-Montoya over the head with the bottle. To add insult to injury, he then stole the bike.
Alvarado-Montoya at first didn't think the injury was that serious and went to a friend's house to recuperate.
"The poor victim thinks there's nothing wrong, he's having head injuries, he goes to a friend's apartment to try to lay down, to hopefully sleep off his headache, sleep off his injuries, at which time he died as a result of his injuries," Miami Police spokeswoman Keandra Simmons tells NBC Miami.
Alvarado-Montoya ended up dying of blunt trauma to the head.
Rodriguez now sits in jail on murder charges. He also had several warrants out for his arrest on drug-related charges.