It was just hours into the new year.
At about 5 a.m. on Thursday, January 1, a 22-year-old man named Mohamed Youness Adlan was found brutally beaten and unconscious on the sidewalk beside South Beach's Cameo nightclub, according to the Miami Beach Police Department.
"He was discovered outside of Club Cameo, lying on the ground with a severe head/facial injury [between Washington and Collins avenues] in the 200 block of Española Way," MBPD spokesman Detective Vivian Thayer tells Crossfade.
The man is currently in a coma. And near death.
The victim's friend, Amane Maghous, 23, was the person who found him. And a security guard called for an ambulance.
After a Miami Beach Fire Department fire rescue unit arrived on the scene, Adlan -- identified in police reports as a white male "Morocco national" from Johnston, Rhode Island -- was taken to Ryder Trauma Center, where he remains in critical condition.
Upon arriving at the hospital, the 22 year old was suffering from "a fracture to his skull and was bleeding from his brain," the police report reads. Doctors tell MBPD that Adlan "had been struck in the face and he fractured his skull when he fell to the ground."
He underwent surgery for his cranial injuries.
"There is a possibility that this individual may die," Detective Thayer says.
After arriving at the hospital, Maghous, the victim's friend -- also identified as a white male "Morocco national" from Johnston, Rhode Island -- spoke with police.
"At approximately 0500 hrs, him and [Adlan] were at Club Cameo," the report reads.
That night, the club was hosting a New Year's Eve party with Rich Gang, the Young Money Cash Money Records supergroup led by label co-founder and rapper Birdman. Also on the bill for NYE were two popular Atlanta hip-hoppers, Rich Homie Quan and Young Thug.
"At some point, they separated and when Maghous exited the club, he observed his friend lying on the ground, unconscious. He was advised by a B/M security guard that he had just called fire rescue. He was also advised by him that the victim was struck in the face and fell to the ground, as a consequence of that, incurring a second injury to his head. The friend did not witness the incident."
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The police also note that "there are no witnesses available at this moment." And so far, there are no suspects either.
"Detectives have not named a subject yet and it is uncertain where the battery actually occurred," Detective Thayer tells Crossfade. "The investigation is ongoing."
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