MIAMI – Two men are facing hate crime charges in connection with a November attack on two LGBTQ women in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood, according to police.
Jorge Giovani Estevez, 33, of west Miami-Dade, and Daiken Fernandez, 25, of Sweetwater, were both arrested Wednesday.
According to an arrest report, the incident happened just after 3:30 a.m. on Nov. 26, outside of 38 NW 24th St.
The report states that a group of men approached a group of women, at least one of whom was transgender, standing outside that address and one of the men told them, “You’re just lesbian because you haven’t had good c—.”
Estevez and Fernandez then told them, according to the report, “You have a bigger d— than us.”
Police said the verbal dispute escalated when Fernandez punched one of the women in the face, causing her to fall, hit her head on a stair and lose consciousness.
A man witnessing it all tried to stop Fernandez from leaving, police said, causing Estevez and Fernandez to fight him, authorities said.
The report states that when one of the women tried to break it up, Estevez and Fernandez both punched her in the face, causing her to fall and lose consciousness.
Authorities would catch up to the men a month later.
According to arrest reports, while speaking to investigators Estevez claimed that a “(man) in a white dress” punched him first and he retaliated. Fernandez made a similar claim, which police said was contradicted by video evidence.
Estevez, facing one count of battery with prejudice, was no longer listed in Miami-Dade jail records as of Thursday afternoon.
Fernandez, facing two counts of battery with prejudice, remained in the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center on a $15,000 bond.