Police: No charges in teen beating case
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (WSVN) -- Police will not charge anyone in the case where a college student allegedly said she was beaten by another man at a gas station because of her sexual orientation.
Miami Gardens Police have looked at the surveillance video and have interviewed witnesses in the case where Nachrisha Cash said she was beaten by another man at the Citgo gas station in Miami Gardens last month.
Police came to a decision on Wednesday and will not charge anyone in the case. "It's the position of the Miami Gardens Police Department that our case cannot be prosecuted," said Miami Gardens Police Sergeant Bill Bamford. "Was it a false report that was made at first? We can't determine that, but certainly there was some exaggeration made in this story."
The surveillance video showed Cash waving her arms and being involved in a verbal altercation inside the gas station. "At some point, she becomes so aggressive in the store that the clerk comes out from behind his secure counter and he talks to her and he talks to the other people trying to calm down any animosity," said Bamford. "And you'll see him putting his arms up and he says, 'Look, please everyone just got outside.'"
Cash claimed after the dispute with the store clerk, who would not allow her friend to make a small purchase on her debit card, she was assaulted by another customer outside the gas station.
Cash claimed she was a victim of a hate crime. "When he came in my face he told me 'Oh, you want to be a dude? I'm gonna beat you like one,'" she said.
Last week, Cash was interviewed again by police. Her mother said, "They are working on the situation and are working on the case right now."
"Who was the aggressor? We are not really sure. Did our victim receive an injury and a blow? She certainly did. But we also believe the suspect also received blow," said Bamford.
Cash stands by her story and said the surveillance video only shows a small portion of the story.
Bamford said, "When witnesses or victims start to tell us stories, their credibility is diminished. Their story is destroyed and they impeach themselves. "
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