DORAL, Fla. – A South Florida doctor was arrested Thursday nearly a week after he was captured on surveillance video hitting a security guard in the legs with his Lexus, authorities confirmed Friday.
The incident was reported May 24 at the Doral Isles gated community at 7400 NW 114th Ave. in Doral.
According to police, the 18-year-old victim was working a traffic post at one of the entrances to assist with traffic flow and prevent vehicles from tailgating the vehicle in front to bypass the required use of an RFID transponder.
Authorities said the video shows the security guard standing in front of Dr. Kenneth Strubbe's white 2018 Lexus and using hand signals to motion to him to remain stopped until the vehicle in front could be properly scanned and gain access to the community.
On two separate occasions, Strubbe slightly accelerated his car in the direction of the victim, striking the victim in the legs, despite the victim telling him to remain stopped, authorities said.
"It is aggravated battery with a motor vehicle. You don't use your vehicle for that," Doral police spokesman Rey Valdez said.
According to an arrest report, the SUV in front of Strubbe's Lexus was forced to back up due to a gate malfuction so the electronic reader could properly register the decal to allow entry into the community.
When the gate opened for the SUV, Strubbe had tried to tailgate the vehicle, but ultimately fled the area after striking the teen, authorities said.
According to the arrest report, the teen didn't call police immediately after the incident because he was in fear of losing his job.
Police said the victim filed an internal incident report, documenting what had happened.
According to police, Strubbe had emailed property management the morning of the incident, complaining that security at the access gates was like "having to go through a TSA zone" and asking why they are interrupting the "flow."
Police said Strubbe emailed property management again after the incident, writing, "Once the guard knows you, they should not jump into your car, since they should know and have the intelligence to let you go. I have a very unique car, and the only one of its kind in the community, but I understand as well there are different levels of education and intelligence."
Strubbe was taken into custody Thursday on a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. He has since bonded out of jail.
Local 10 News reporter Roy Ramos attempted to contact Strubbe Friday at his doctor's office in Hialeah. An assistant said Strubbe wasn't there and had been advised by his attorney not to discuss the incident.
If convicted, Strubbe could face up to a year in jail.