and Video Courtesy of CBS Channel 4 Miami
By Joan Murray
Published May 23, 2021
MIAMI — Miami police have made an arrest after a
resident of a high-end Brickell condominium was attacked in her home.
Diontae Blackman, 23, is charged with sexual battery
by threat and burglary. He is being held at the TGK jail in Miami Dade.
Police say Blackman managed to get past the front desk of the Brickell
Flatiron building and follow a resident into the elevator.
Once on the tenant’s floor, police say he forced his way into her unit
and then demanded she perform a sex act.
He’s accused of pulling out a metal pipe and striking the victim and
slapping her several times.
The victim managed to escape and screamed for help.
Blackman was captured on surveillance cameras in the elevator and
leaving the building Tuesday evening.
After widespread circulation of the elevator images, a tip brought
police to Blackman’s doorstep, 48 hours later.
“He made a confession. It shows the community to reach out, no matter
how small you think the tip may be,” said Miami police officer Kiara
CBS4 News spoke to Blackman’s relatives Friday. An aunt said they were
shocked at the charges since Blackman had never been in trouble before.
As for his connection to Brickell, she said Blackman used to like to go
there to skateboard.
Tenants at Brickell Flatiron say they are relieved there has been an
While many complained after the attack that management could have done a
better job, informing everyone about the incident, tenants said Friday
there has been stepped up security.
Now they hope management will address how the breach occurred and why
the suspect was able to get into the building so easily.