Man accused of assaulting young girl at Miami Springs hotel – NBC 6 South Florida
A man faces serious charges after he allegedly assaulted a young girl at a Miami Springs hotel.
Miguel Enrique Marquez, 59, was arrested Sunday on one count of lewd and lascivious assault on a child and two counts of assault and battery, according to an arrest report.
The alleged incident took place at a Red Roof Inn in the 3400 block of Northwest 42nd Avenue. The arrest report says Marquez is homeless, and NBC 6 has learned that the hotel is a homeless quarantine and isolation site operated by the Homeless Trust of Miami-Dade.
According to the report, Marquez is accused of inappropriately touching a 3-year-old girl while her mother was doing laundry on another floor of the hotel.
The victim’s brother was with her and also claimed that Marquez pushed him and told him to be quiet when he started to cry, according to the report.
Marquez denied touching the girl inappropriately, but said he kissed her on the forehead to comfort himself after she and her brother knocked on his door crying, according to the report.
Homeless Trust officials said they were doing background checks on people staying at the hotel temporarily.
Marquez has a long criminal history, including burglaries, thefts, and assault and battery. Homeless Trust chairman Ron Book said Marquez had not been convicted of any sex offender.
“65% of the people we serve have been imprisoned or met in prison before. We know what the population is after 26 years,” Book said. “We believe this is a unique situation. I have been the chairman of this body for 26 years. No one will ever accuse me of being lenient towards predators and delinquents. Quite the contrary.”
In a hearing on Monday, a judge ordered Marquez’s detention without bail. Information on the lawyer was not available.
Homeless Trust officials said the mother and her children had been moved to another location.