BY ANDREAS BUTLER
Adrian Rodriquez walked into Tropical Gourmet Jamaican Restaurant to get lunch on Oct. 5 and left a short while later with multiple stab wounds that put him in the hospital.
The incident occurred about 11:42 a.m. at the Daytona Beach restaurant located at 1063 Mason Ave. Police arrived on the scene and found 21-year old Rodriguez lying with his head down on the sidewalk bleeding profusely after being stabbed six times. Several passersby attended to him.
Rodriguez was taken to Halifax Hospital and treated for his wounds, which were not life-threatening. The victim told authorities that he does not want to proceed with prosecution of the suspects at the time.
He told police he didn’t know the suspects.
A fourth suspect
There was a witness at the scene that did identify one of the assailants. Due to a lack of cooperation from the victim and witness, authorities hadn’t made an arrest by the Daytona Times’ press time on Wednesday.
“An independent witness has positively identified one of the suspects involved in this incident.
As a result of that identification a complaint affidavit for the charge of armed robbery and aggravated battery has been filed and forwarded to the SAO (State Attorney’s Office) for their review. A physical arrest is not being made at this time as the victim has not been fully cooperative in the investigation,” commented Sgt. Jimmie Flynt, Daytona Beach Police’s public information officer.
Police released footage from a surveillance camera in the restaurant that showed the incident.
The video also showed a fourth suspect watching and holding the door.
Reports say that Rodriguez came to the restaurant with his girlfriend, Medjine Desir to get lunch.
Three suspects entered the restaurant and took a glance at Rodriguez and then one punched him in the face. Reports indicate that one of the suspects said to the victim, “Hey, you jumped our boy.”
After the victim was punched by the first suspect, the other suspects attacked him and begin striking and kicking the victim.
The victim fought the suspects but couldn’t avoid being stabbed.
Reports indicate that the suspects left in a vehicle headed east on Mason Avenue while being followed by another vehicle.
The suspects got away with the victim’s cell phone, wallet and about $5 in cash. His wallet contained various items including his driver’s license, ATM card and Social Security card.
When arrested, each suspect will be charged with armed robbery with a firearm and deadly weapon along with aggravated battery on a person using a deadly weapon.
The suspects are all Black males believed to be between 18 and 25.
Anyone who has any information pertaining to this case should contact Detective N. Williams of the Daytona Beach Police Department at 386-671-5216 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or submit an anonymous tip.