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It was a beautiful day. The air was crisp and significantly colder than normal for this time of the year. We decided to take a drive down to South Beach, as the Miami International Boat Show was going on. There was a lot of great food, amazingly impressive yachts that really had to be seen to be believed.
After looking at all the boats, we decided to continue on to Ocean Drive. We were talking and enjoying ourselves, laughing and watching all the different types of people and their antics. There are people with definite death wishes who weave in and out of moving traffic on skateboards, bicycles, inline skates and mopeds. We get a lot of tourists here this time of the year and, unfortunately, many of them have the idea that everyone walks around with less than six square inches of clothing on — total. You can tell those who are locals – they’re actually wearing clothing for the most part.
As we continued to drive down Ocean Drive, we had a convertible in front of us with tourists in it. We noticed as we passed a very popular restaurant, that they began to look back. We thought they’d seen someone famous and were just looking, but then all of a sudden one of them stood up and pointed back. We all looked and suddenly, Jose threw the car into park, jumped out of the car and started running to where everyone was pointing and looking.
It was a fight. There was a very large man who had been sitting on a motorcycle and he was wearing a helmet. A skinny young man had approached him who had apparently had too much to drink. There were some words exchanged, and the next thing that happened was that large man got off his bike, with his helmet still on, grabbed the other guy by the throat, threw him to the ground and began slamming the back of his head into the pavement repeatedly. This what what Jose had seen — and no one was stepping in to stop it. The other man was completely out. The man, still wearing his helmet, began to ‘ground and pound’ him, striking him repeatedly on each side of his head. Still, no one was doing anything to stop the beating of an unconscious man.
Jose stepped in and grabbed the large man’s arm in mid-swing and told him, “Bro, stop… STOP!” The man, as if he’d been in a trance, suddenly stopped, got up, hopped back on his motorcycle. Another man ran over and took a picture of the guy’s license plate right before he sped off. Jose looked down and the man appeared lifeless. He was bleeding profusely out of his mouth and Jose could hear a gurgling sound – so he knew he wasn’t dead.
Suddenly, a few men from the crowd came over to assist Jose. One man said, “Don’t move him!” Jose looked at him and said, “If we don’t move him, he’s going to drown in his own blood!”… and Jose grabbed him and, with the assistance of another man, got him into a semi-sitting position. The man was still unconscious and there was a lot of blood. Traffic was starting to move and our car was sitting out in the middle of the street. Jose told the man who’d helped him that he would stay, but that he had to go because he’d left his family in the car – and he came back and we left.
Jose called 911 and reported the incident and gave his name and phone number, in case the police had any questions. We did receive a call from a detective later that evening. Apparently the man survived the pounding (we had our doubts he would). They also arrested the man who assaulted him.
I’m telling you this story because I want everyone reading this to know what kind of a man my husband is — kind, compassionate, brave and not afraid to do the right thing. He is what I would call a ‘man’s man’. He’s not going to stand by and watch someone get beaten to death without trying to do something about it. The man committing the assault had a helmet on his head. If he had chosen to turn on my husband, it could have been very ugly. Jose is a big guy who knows how to take care of himself – but he also has several herniated discs in his back, and he’s not invincible. But he didn’t give that a lot of thought. There was a human being who needed help and he selflessly stepped in without a thought for his own safety.