A Miami skateboarder was released from Jackson Memorial Hospital Tuesday after alleging that he was severely beaten and robbed by five black men on July 7.
But newly released surveillance video shows that Rene Betancourt's severe injuries, including a fractured skull, fractured left orbital bone, head laceration, and blood clots, were actually self-inflicted.
CBS Miami reports that a security camera filmed Betancourt skateboarding into a concrete wall and getting knocked unconscious for almost 5 minutes. Watch the video above.
Another camera catches a staggering Betancourt taking the building's elevator after his bad spill.
Betancourt originally told police that he had been jumped by five black males while waiting to meet up with the Miami Long Board Crew at Northeast 3rd Street and Biscayne Boulevard.
"He was beaten almost to death and somehow he could get into his car and drive away and he tried to reach Jackson Hospital but unfortunately he could not," his father Rene E. Betancourt, told NBC 6.
His family found him severely injured in his car just six blocks away from the hospital.
"Most of the trauma was done to the head. His eyes are shut, his teeth are gone, his nose is broken," Herdoicia Betancourt told WSVN 7. "So whoever did this, did it with the intent of really killing him."
The skateboarder unwent two major brain surgeries, including having a titanium plate inserted into his head, for injuries that Jackson doctors said could have very nearly killed him, the Miami Herald reports.
The local skating community was outraged at the supposed attack. As Betancourt does not have insurance, the Miami Long Board Crew held a fundraiser on July 13 to raise money for his medical bills.
CBS Miami reports that the family now believes that Betancourt was so confused by his head injuries that he thought he was attacked.
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