Two North Carolina men have been arrested for drugging and raping a woman who later died in a hotel room in Miami Beach.
21-year-old Evoire Collier and 24-year-old Dorian Taylor, are also accused of stealing the victim’s credit cards and cash and using them during their trip to South Beach.
According to NBC Miami,
Surveillance footage showed the two men entering the hotel lobby at 1650 James Avenue with the victim, 24-year-old Christine Englehardt of Pennsylvania, at about 1 a.m. on Thursday, March 18, but about a half-hour later they are seen exiting the hotel alone. Both men matched the description given to police and were stopped and detained by detectives Sunday.
One of the Miami Beach detectives on the case testified at the bond hearing and said that based on the surveillance footage, Englehardt appeared to be in no condition to give any kind of consent prior to entering the hotel. He added that one of the defendants actually helped hold her up as they went up to her hotel room. One of her family members told NBC 6 Englehardt traveled to South Florida alone.
Investigators are trying to determine whether the victim’s death resulted from a “green pill” the men supplied, but the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner’s Office said Monday it is conducting further tests, and no cause of death has been determined pending a toxicology report.
Collier and Taylor are facing charges of burglary with battery, petty theft, sexual battery and credit card fraud. If the drug they gave her is proven to have played a role in her death, they could also be facing a manslaughter or murder charges.