Man Faces Attempted Murder Charge Following Venetian Causeway Attack

A homeless man who was arrested Tuesday after 23 vehicles were found with their tires slashed in Miami Beach is now facing charges in connection with a stabbing that occurred on the Venetian Causeway last week, authorities said.

According to an arrest report, 46-year-old Diego Lujan kicked and pushed a man who was riding his bicycle on the bridge around 7:45 p.m. on Nov. 5.

Miami police said Lujan rode off on the victim's bicycle as the victim screamed for help.

Police said Lujan was forced to stop because the victim's earphones got tangled in the bike's front tire. 

The victim told a man and woman who were walking their dog to call 911 and Lujan attacked the male witness, punching him numerous times in the face and head area, authorities said.

According to the arrest report, another witness heard the woman who was walking her dog screaming for help after her husband was attacked.

The victims who were attacked were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital.

According to the arrest report, the victims identified Lujan as the attacker in a photo lineup. His fingerprints also matched those discovered on the witness's Mercedes, authorities said.

Miami Beach police said Lujan is also responsible slashing the tires of 23 vehicles earlier this week in the 200 block of 79th Street.

Lujan was then found Tuesday at North Shore Open Space Park and was arrested on a charge of criminal mischief.

He now faces additional charges of attempted murder, strong-arm robbery and aggravated battery. He is being held at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center without bond. 

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