Suspect arrested after drugging man, leaving him unconscious outside hotel

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – A transgender woman was arrested this week on accusations that she drugged a man in Miami Beach and then left him unconscious on the pavement outside a hotel.

According to her arrest report, John Collins, 29, of Miami, was sitting in a rented Maserati SUV and saw the victim leaving the Do Not Sit on the Furniture lounge at 423 16th St. around 4 a.m. June 4 and asked him if he needed a ride.

Police said the victim accepted the offer and told Collins that he was staying at the 1 Hotel South Beach on Collins Avenue.

But the victim says he remembers very little of the trip and just recalls waking up at Mount Sinai Medical Center.

According to the arrest report, surveillance video shows Collins pulling up to the front of a parking garage in the 100 block of 24th Street, helping the victim, who was nearly unconscious, out of the SUV and then laying him down on the pavement in a parking space.

A hotel worker saw what was happening and told Collins to call 911, but she left the scene, authorities said.


Police said the hotel worker then called 911 and Miami Beach Fire Rescue personnel transported the victim to the hospital.

The victim told officers he believes Collins may have slipped something in his drink.

Collins, who was located Wednesday driving a rented Porsche Panamera, was arrested on charges of grand theft, robbery by sudden snatching and possession of cocaine.

Police said Collins refused to make any statements to detectives.

The arrest report did not state what was stolen from the victim.

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