‘King Kong’ stole a bike, beat up peo­ple on a cause­way and slashed car tires, cops say

Miami Herald (Sunday) - - Local & State - BY CHARLES RABIN cra­[email protected]­ami­her­ald.com

Less than a week be­fore a man liv­ing out of his car went on a tire-slash­ing spree on Mi­ami Beach, he got into an al­ter­ca­tion on the Vene­tian Cause­way that left one man in the hos­pi­tal with a dam­aged eye and an­other with a stab wound, po­lice said.

On Tues­day, Diego Ed­uardo Lu­jan, 46, was charged with 21 counts of crim­i­nal mis­chief by Mi­ami Beach po­lice.

By Wednes­day, he was fac­ing a whole host of more se­ri­ous charges in Mi­ami. Among them: strong-armed rob­bery, ag­gra­vated bat­tery, ag­gra­vated bat­tery with a weapon and at­tempted mur­der.

The more re­cent charges stem from a Nov. 5 al­ter­ca­tion on the Vene­tian Cause­way in which Lu­jan is ac­cused of steal­ing a man’s bike, fall­ing off it and punch­ing an­other man who tried to help.

Then, wit­nesses told po­lice, Lu­jan stabbed a third man and pounded his chest like he was “King Kong.”

“We re­al­ized this guy was a lit­tle out of con­trol,” said Mi­ami Po­lice spokes­woman Kiara Delva. “He went from one vic­tim to the next. Peo­ple ended up in the hos­pi­tal with in­juries.”

Lu­jan re­mained at the Turner Guil­ford Knight cor­rec­tional cen­ter Fri­day. Bond on some of the charges was set at

$36,000.

No bond had been set for the at­tempted mur­der charge. It was not clear if he had re­tained an at­tor­ney.

The po­lice re­port de­scribes a chaotic and vi­cious scene on the Vene­tian. Af­ter knock­ing the biker down, Lu­jan tried to ride away but was thwarted when his vic­tim’s head­phone cord en­tan­gled the tires.

By then, the po­lice re­port says, a by­stander tried to help but Lu­jan punched him in the face sev­eral times.

An­other wit­ness in a Mercedes said Lu­jan then banged on the car’s hood, then be­gan pound­ing his

WE RE­AL­IZED THIS GUY WAS A LIT­TLE OUT OF CON­TROL. HE WENT FROM ONE VIC­TIM TO THE NEXT. PEO­PLE ENDED UP IN THE HOS­PI­TAL WITH IN­JURIES.

Mi­ami Po­lice spokes­woman Kiara Delva

own chest “like he was King Kong.” When yet an­other man tried to stop Lu­jan, the ar­rest re­port says, Lu­jan stuck a sharp ob­ject into his chest. Lu­jan fled be­fore po­lice ar­rived.

Six days later on Nov. 11, po­lice an­swer­ing a call on Mi­ami Beach on 79th

Street near Collins Av­enue found 21 cars had their tires punc­tured.

The only ve­hi­cle not dis­turbed in the row of cars: Lu­jan’s red Toy­ota Prius.

Some of the peo­ple who had tires slashed told po­lice they had sev­eral squab­bles with Lu­jan in the past. Po­lice looked at video in the neigh­bor­hood, linked the dam­age to Lu­jan and ar­rested him on Nov. 13.

Mi­ami po­lice, who still had not ap­pre­hended the man who caused all the havoc on the Vene­tian Cause­way, matched a fin­ger­print taken from the Mercedes to Lu­jan. He was charged with the cause­way crimes the next day.

Lu­jan

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