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Deputies attacked after finding man severely beaten in middle of street

Victim airlifted to Miami hospital; suspects arrested after Marathon brawl

Miami robbers, Yacel Hernandez (l), Asniel Espinosa (r).
Miami robbers, Yacel Hernandez (l), Asniel Espinosa (r).

MARATHON, Fla. – One man was airlifted to a Miami hospital after he was found severely beaten and lying in the middle of the street, while two other men were arrested after they attacked deputies who were called to investigate, Monroe County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Becky Herrin said.

Deputies were called to 15th Street in Marathon late Wednesday night and found the victim, Echererria Aguila, lying in the middle of the street with swelling, bruising and lacerations to his face. He was taken to Fisherman's Hospital and then flown to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center in Miami.

As Deputies Titus Hodges and Matthew Pitcher were investigating, they were attacked by several men, who may have been involved in the altercation with Aguila, Herrin said.

Two other deputies arrived and saw several men surrounding Hodges and Pitcher and yelling at them. Herrin said the men refused orders to step back and calm down, so the deputies attempted to restrain one of the men. That prompted another man to fight back, kicking and punching the deputies.

Eventually, the men were subdued and handcuffed.

Yacel Hernandez, 27, and Asniel Espinosa, 23, suffered minor injuries as they fought with deputies. They were taken to Fisherman's Hospital to be treated before going to jail.

Herrin said they continued to fight with deputies at the hospital, at one point knocking over a table that was attached to a wall in the waiting room.

Hernandez and Espinosa were arrested on charges of resisting arrest with violence and battery on a law enforcement officer. Another man, Yordany Marmol, 24, was arrested on a charge of resisting arrest without violence.