The North Carolina men accused of drugging and raping a spring breaker in a Miami Beach hotel photobombed an unwitting reveler one day after Christine Englehardt was found dead, the woman said on Facebook.
Evoire Collier, 21, and Dorian Taylor, 24, both of Greensboro, are accused of drugging and raping Englehardt, 24, whose lifeless, semi-nude body was found March 18 at the Albion Hotel in South Beach.
The pair were then spotted the next day, walking down Ocean Drive.
“I didn’t know them,” the oblivious woman in the photo, De’Asia Skillern, wrote on Facebook Tuesday. “They PHOTOBOMBED me.”
Skillern, of Columbus, Ohio, said she’s “alive and okay” following the harrowing unexpected encounter. She thanked people on Facebook, including some strangers, who said they were glad she was “safe and sound” after the brief run-in.
Skillern, who did not return a message seeking comment, told DailyMail.com Wednesday she was unaware who the men were until posting it on her private Instagram story. Friends then told her who had photobombed her, according to the report.
“I was just walking around taking pictures, my sister showed me, like, ‘Hey, people were photobombing you,’” said Skillern, who was in Miami for the week with her sister. “They didn’t stop to talk to me, they were just walking past.”
Skillern said she was shaken by the chance encounter.
“To continue on with your vacation as if it was OK … it just goes to show you,” she told the outlet. “You never know who is around you.”
A friend of Skillern’s saw her post and told her he knew one of the men in the photograph. She even considered reaching out to them before news of their arrest broke Monday, NBC Miami reported.
“To just do that and continue to stay in the area and also using her credit information and things like that, that’s just sickening,” Skillern told NBC Miami. “For them to just be out and still vacationing was what blew my mind. I was always pretty cautious, but now it just makes it scary. It just adds fear to it.”
Taylor and Collier allegedly drugged Englehardt, of Richboro, Pennsylvania, with a “green pill,” believed to be the powerful narcotic Percocet, before raping her and stealing her credit cards, according to police and reports.
The two men remain held without bond at a Miami-Dade County jail on charges of burglary with battery, sexual battery, petty theft and fraudulent use of a credit card, the Miami Herald reported Wednesday.
The pair could also face manslaughter or murder charges if the pill given to her caused her to overdose.
It’s unclear from the arrest report if Englehardt had been drinking before meeting Collier and Taylor – as well as whether she took the pill willingly, the Herald reported.
“The fact that the victim was under the influence of alcohol and narcotics, she could not have consented to sex with the defendants,” the police report states.
Taylor, who has yet to be arraigned, has pleaded not guilty through his attorney, while Collier’s arraignment date is scheduled for April 5, the Herald reported.