Who was Christine Englehardt? Woman raped, robbed and left to die in Miami hotel by 2 men who gave her green pill
The police are investigating whether Englehardt may have died of an overdose, possibly from a pill that the suspects supplied
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA: Two men from Greensboro, North Carolina, visiting South Beach, have been arrested and accused of drugging and raping a woman who later died in her hotel room. Evoire Colier, 21, and Dorian Taylor, 24, have also been accused of stealing victim Christine Englehardt's credit cards to spend money during their trip to South Beach.
The police are currently investigating whether Englehardt may have died of an overdose, possibly from a pill that the suspects supplied, according to The Miami Herald. Further tests are being conducted by the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner's Office and a cause of death is yet to be determined. Englehardt, 24, was visiting from Pennsylvania and was staying at the Albion Hotel on 1650 James Avenue.
If Englehardt's cause of death stems from the drug they supplied her, Collier and Taylor could potentially be charged with manslaughter or murder in addition to the charges of burglary with battery, sexual battery, petty theft and fraudulent use of a credit card.
Both Collier and Taylor were booked into a Miami-Dade jail on Sunday, March 22. During a bond hearing the following day, prosecutor Ayana Harris argued that the men should be held in jail before trial because they could face more serious charges depending on the cause of death.
Miami-Dade Judge Mindy Glazer agreed and expressed alarm about the accusations, "He couldn't even pick up the phone to call police or 911 after they did whatever it is they did to her." Collier and Taylor will face an arraignment in about three weeks.
According to NBC6, police records stated that surveillance footage showed the two men entering the hotel lobby with Englehardt at about 1 am local time on Thursday, March 18.
Around half an hour later, the men were seen exiting the hotel without the woman. One of the detectives on the case testified at the hearing that Englehardt appeared in no condition to give any kind of consent prior to entering the hotel, based on the surveillance footage. He said that one of the defendants actually helped hold her up as they went up to her hotel room. A family member stated that Englehardt had traveled to South Florida alone.
Officials are trying to determine whether the "green pill" the men supplied Englehardt could have resulted in her death. Collier claimed that Taylor gave Englehardt the pill as they walked on Ocean Drive. The arrest report did not state whether she took the pill willingly or if she was given it surreptitiously.
Collier told the police that he believed the drug was Percocet. However, Miami Beach Detective Luis Alsina said during the hearing that lab results are awaited as officers did not "know if it was fentanyl or some other narcotic."
Collier claimed that "he went along with [Taylor] as they planned to have sex with the victim,” according to the report. He claimed that they each had sex with the victim and, at one point, Taylor forced himself on her as she appeared to be unconscious, the report stated.
According to the police report, once it was apparent that Englehardt was unconscious, the men stole cash, credit cards and her phone and left her in the room. They used the stolen credit cards at "various locations" in Miami Beach and police said that Taylor was captured on surveillance footage using the victim's credit card at South Beach Liquors. When Taylor was arrested, police found the woman's phone and green pills.