Brickell stalking suspect ordered to stay away from victims

MIAMI – The stories from victims are frightening.

They say 33-year-old Ejoifor Onyechi has created fear in their lives.

“I’ve been terrified of him, I get chills just thinking of about it,” said one woman who was too shaken to reveal her identity.

She told Local 10 News she is scared of seeing Onyechi lurking near her home, and the arrest report for Onyechi seems to back those claims.

In fact, one victim told police: “On October 26th, 2022, the defendant forced his way inside of the victims apartment building and started to follow the victim towards the elevator. The victim stated she started to scream at the defendant to stop following her to leave her alone.”

Cell phone video captured police arresting Onyechi on Friday near Brickell Avenue and Southeast 10th Street.

“Every time I walked out he seemed to be around the area, following me around the block, with very little personal space, in a very creepy way,” said another woman who also did not want to be identified.

She told Local 10 News she’s had several chilling encounters with the suspect.

“All of a sudden I feel a hot breathe on my neck. And it was fast, but slow to me, and his face was centimeters from my face. He was sniffing me,” she said.

Both women said Onyechi would wait for them outside their Brickell condo before confronting them on the sidewalk.

The harassment, one woman said, continued for months.

“In the morning, full daylight, early morning, and he would not get away from us, we were talking, having a conversation, and he was standing right next to us,” she said.

In court, Onyechi was told to stay away from the victims.

Despite the many women who have come forward with claims about Onyechi, he is only facing one stalking charge.

Onyechi has yet to bond out of Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami-Dade County as of late Monday night.

About the Authors:

In January 2017, Hatzel Vela became the first local television journalist in the country to move to Cuba and cover the island from the inside. During his time living and working in Cuba, he covered some of the most significant stories in a post-Fidel Castro Cuba. 

Bridgette Matter joined the Local 10 News team as a reporter in July 2021. Before moving to South Florida, she began her career in South Bend, Indiana and spent six years in Jacksonville as a reporter and weekend anchor.