MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - A man has been arrested after he allegedly caused a disturbance at a hotel and attempted to flee from officers in Miami Beach.
The incident began at the Whitelaw Hotel, along the 800 block of Collins Avenue, at around 6 p.m., Wednesday.
Surveillance video from the area captured dozens of officers responding after witnesses said the hotel encountered a violent visitor.
According to hotel guests, they watched a man create a disturbance on one of the floors. They added that he ignored management’s requests to stop and leave the property.
Miami Beach Police were soon called. When officers arrived, the man inside the hotel allegedly struggled, fought and tried to run, but he would eventually be caught.
The man, later identified as 28-year-old Maxwell Smock, was taken into custody in the area of Ninth Street and Collins Avenue, where security cameras captured him being placed into a prisoner transport van.
“I can admit I drank a little too much,” Smock, who was on vacation from Indiana, told Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Alberto Milian in bond court, Thursday.
According to the arrest report, one officer wrote that they “could see [Smock] attempting to bite me.” They also said “he kicked Officer Garcia on the right side of his face with his right heel.”
Sherbrooke Hotel owner Mitch Novick’s cameras recorded the incident just outside of his establishment.
“It’s another day in the Miami Beach entertainment district,” Novick said.
Novick said similar issues have turned him into an observer and documenter rather than a current hotel operator.
“Plenty of cops, I kept my camera focused,” Novick said. “I’ve closed my hotel. I don’t want my hotel guests of decades to witness what I see daily.”
Smock faces charges of battery on a law enforcement officer, trespassing, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest with violence.
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