Man arrested in Orlando over attack at gym in North Miami, police say

A former LA Fitness employee in Miami-Dade County is facing an attempted murder charge after he was accused of using a barbell to hit a gym member over the head.

Major Kessler Brooks, a spokesman for the North Miami Police Department, said detectives identified the man behind the July attack as Kristian Alphonso Rawlins.

Brooks said there were witnesses who rushed to the victim’s aid; some used towels to clean the blood.

“He was seriously injured,” Brooks said.

Detectives got a warrant to arrest Rawlins, 33, for the attack. According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, deputies arrested Rawlins on the Miami-Dade County warrant on Aug. 31 in Orlando.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office held Rawlins without bond before his extradition. Rawlins is facing charges of second-degree murder with a deadly weapon and aggravated battery in Miami-Dade County.

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