Two people were arrested after an incident escalated into a brawl at Miami International Airport in Florida on the evening of December 20, police said.
A statement from Miami-Dade Police said the department was investigating the incident, during which an officer was “bitten on the head.”
“According to investigators, officers responded to Gate H8 after a call from an airport employee. The employee advised that as he was driving a transport cart, an unruly passenger refused to let him through, entered the cart, broke the key and refused to exit the cart. As the responding officers attempted to calm the subject, who refused to exit the cart, a physical confrontation between the subject and the officers ensued, and a large crowd surrounded the officers. Additional officers responded and the subject was placed under arrest. An additional involved subject was identified and arrested,” police said in the statement.
Additional video from the incident shows the man, identified by police as Mayfrer Serranopaca, standing on the cart and touching one of the officers, who then grabbed him and pulled him into a chokehold. Other passengers were seen physically intervening between the two.
Serranopaca, 30, and Alberto Suarez, 32, were arrested, police said.
Miami International Airport released a statement to Storyful from CEO Ralph Cutie:
“Like airports across the country, MIA is seeing record-high passenger numbers this winter travel season. Unfortunately, that passenger growth has come with a record-high increase nationwide in bad behavior as well, such as the incident this evening at MIA. Disruptive passengers face police arrest, civil penalties up to $37,000, being banned from flying, and potential federal prosecution. We have worked so hard to rebound from the pandemic and make traveling safe again, so we can visit our loved ones. Please travel responsibly by getting to the airport extra early, being patient, complying with the federal mask law and airport staff, limiting your alcohol consumption, and notifying police at the first sign of bad behavior by calling 911.”
This footage, filmed by Mike Majlak, shows part of the brawl that ensued between police and passengers near Gate H7 on Monday night. The footage shows an officer holding Serranopaca in a chokehold while passengers surround them. Serranopaca breaks free and engages the officer again, at which point the officer draws his firearm. Credit: Mike Majlak via Storyful