Unsuspecting Woman Strangled With Shoelace at Miami-Dade Bus Stop

Surveillance video shows Aaron Quinones (right) strangling an unsuspecting woman at a bus stop on Sunday.
Surveillance video shows Aaron Quinones (right) strangling an unsuspecting woman at a bus stop on Sunday. Images via Only in Dade, Miami-Dade County Corrections and Rehabilitation
The Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) is continuing to investigate the brazen, 11 a.m. attack on a 26-year-old woman in broad daylight at a county bus stop at 3814 NW 25th St., roughly a mile east of Miami International Airport., on Sunday, January 2.

The disturbing footage was first obtained and published by Only in Dade on its social media accounts. It begins with a man and woman seemingly waiting for their bus to arrive; the man is carrying a backpack with a U-shaped travel pillow, the woman has a dark-colored suitcase. Suddenly the man — whom officials later identified as 27-year-old Aaron K. Quinones — apparently removes a shoelace from his left shoe as he checks his surroundings before coming up behind the unsuspecting woman sitting on the bench.

The two struggle and flail as the man tries to overpower her by continuing to pull on the shoelace. When the woman writhes out of his grip, Quinones begins to batter her as she kicks from the ground. Suddenly, a man wearing a blue shirt rushes to the bus stop and intervenes, attempting to pry Quinones off the woman as he continues to punch her. The video is less than one minute long.
According to an incident report obtained by New Times, Quinones fled the area on foot but was apprehended and arrested by MDPD officers who were patrolling the area.

Citing the ongoing investigation, a spokesperson for Miami-Dade Transportation and Public Works referred all inquiries to MDPD.

MDPD spokesperson Angel Rodriguez tells New Times that "had it not been for this Good Samaritan, the incident would've been significantly worse."

"Officers want to speak to the good samaritan, who was not on the scene when they arrived," Rodriguez says. "Investigators urge anyone that has any information or that may have been victimized by this individual to call the Airport District at 305-867-7373."
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Michael Majchrowicz is a staff writer at Miami New Times. He studied journalism at Indiana University and has reported for PolitiFact, The New York Times, Washington Post, the Post and Courier, and Tampa Bay Times.