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Man shot at stripper in Miami Beach after being refused sex, police say

Brooklyn man accused of shooting at stripper in Miami Beach
Brooklyn man accused of shooting at stripper in Miami Beach

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – The man who opened fire on Collins Avenue in Miami Beach on Wednesday morning was aiming at a woman who had been stripping at his hotel room, police say. She and a colleague had offered a private dance but left when the men there wanted sex, she told detectives.

Tremain Christopher Weekes, 23, from Brooklyn, N.Y., was arrested later Wednesday after investigators staked out the hotel where it all started.

Police say Weekes and another man met the woman and her colleague at Scarlett’s Cabaret, the strip club where she works in Hallandale Beach. The women were offered $1,000 to come back to the Grand Beach Hotel and perform what the women told police they understood to be a private dance.

However, when it became clear that the men wanted sex, the women got their cars from the hotel valet to drive away.

Police say Weekes also got his car, a white BMW SUV, and followed one of the women who was driving a white Mercedes.

The arrest report says Weekes caught up with the woman and pointed a black firearm at her. She heard several gunshots as she sped away.

She ended up in the area of North Beach near 74th Street where she was suffering lacerations, believed to be from shattered glass, police say.

“The vehicle was struck by bullets,” Miami Beach Police public information officer Ernesto Rodriguez said. “Glass was shattered, and we believe that’s where [the woman’s] injuries came from, from the shattered glass. She was treated and released on scene.”

Once in custody, Weekes told investigators he did invite the women to his room but said they were in a hurry to leave and he noticed $1,000 were missing. He also claimed his friend opened fire from his car because someone in one of the women’s cars was shooting at them first.

Weekes is facing a charge of attempted felony murder.


About the Authors:

Amy Viteri is an Emmy Award-winning journalist who joined Local 10 News in September 2015. She's currently an investigative reporter and enjoys uncovering issues facing South Florida communities. A native of the Washington, D.C., area, she's happy to be back in South Florida, where she earned a masters degree at the University of Miami.

David Selig is the Digital Executive Producer at WPLG, overseeing Local10.com.