Ultra Music Festival Crime: 71 Arrested, 48 Charged With Felonies

Categories: Crime
photo by Ian Witlen
Whether they popped too many pills, knocked back too many Buds, or maybe even found a little "Molly" with Madonna, it was inevitable: A small portion of the blissed-out masses that packed Bayfront for Ultra Music Festival ended their weekend in a paddy wagon. Riptide has tracked down the arrest numbers, and 71 revelers were arrested during this year's Ultra; 48 were charged with felonies, mostly for drug possession.

No one had a worse weekend, though, than Evan Eisler Oberfelder. The 23-year-old Texan was inexplicably nude near Bayfront when a cab ran over and seriously wounded him; when police officers stopped to help, Oberfelder became enraged, declared "I hate the police," and fought them. He ended up Tasered, in the hospital with critical injuries, and charged with multiple felonies.


Here are the arrest stats from the Miami Police Department during the festival's three-day run, via Napier Velazquez, a department spokesman.

Total arrests 71, felony 48 and misdemeanor is 23.


Narcotics 45

Trespassing 9

Disorderly 5

Conducting Buss w/o 5

Obstructing 2

Robbery 2

Battery 1

Misc 2


Adults 66

Juveniles 5

It's worth noting: Considering the sheer number of people packed into downtown for the festival, 71 arrests isn't a massive number.

That one battery case is the only truly bizarre drama. Police initially responded to a call on North Bayshore Drive, a few blocks north of Ultra's main stage, at 5:23 Saturday morning. A caller reported Evan Eisler Oberfelder had been hit by a cab that sped off.

But when a good Samaritan stopped to help, Oberfelder began punching the man and eventually kicked him in the groin. When police arrived, Oberfelder was "nude and bleeding from an apparent head injury," police say, and tried to jump on top of a cruiser.

Police zapped him with multiple Tasers, but the voltage didn't slow Oberfelder. He brawled with the cops and broke one officer's arm before he was finally subdued and taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Oberfelder has been charged with five felonies, including battery on a law enforcement officer. He remained in the hospital as of Monday.

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Payton_vege
Payton_vege

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Beej818
Beej818

"paddy Wagon" is racist. paddy is a slur for Irish. You are "racist" New Times. See the irony...see the absurdity?! It works both ways!!

mee
mee

what kind of aid was the good samaritan rendering? you probably shouldn't try touching someone who just got hit by a car and landed on their head.. just saying

Licit
Licit

And let's not forget to get the statistics on boat show weekend. Probably a lot more DWI's. And of course, Basel week, probably more DWS's ( driving while serious).

TiredofFundingTheLoserMasses
TiredofFundingTheLoserMasses

Downtown residents suck it up?  Well a**hole, when is the last time you paid property taxes? Probably never.  Love the fact that my $15,000 a year property tax bill goes to fund a good time for an unemployed idiot on X.  

PassingThrough
PassingThrough

Dang people chill the hell out ^^^ this isn't an attack on EDM. Sheesh! These are just facts that are being pointed out. I live across the street from Bayfront Park, and it's good to know what goes on in the neighborhood. Thanks New Times (Tim), for keeping us informed (in a comical sorta way) . 

Letsdrop2night
Letsdrop2night

The NewTimes has turned into a joke. I remember there was a time when they actually wrote some decent articles. 71 arrest with the majority of them being nonviolent (3 violent) is an incredibly low number for the amount of people who were down there. Like someone else said, pull the numbers of arrest during Memorial weekend and see how many of those are violence related incidents.  

Mean2herButthole
Mean2herButthole

Worth pointing out that severe head trauma can actually cause bizarre behavior... just sayin...

Miamihouseheads
Miamihouseheads

So what.. they were not harming anyone else.. pfft. can't even compare to that major crime, shooting, stabbing, robbery mess in Memorial Day weekend on South Beach. This stupid blog is just to bash electronic music. EVERYONE SHOULD JUST BAN THIS NEWSPAPER!!

Rantiferus
Rantiferus

you guys love to point fingers at people and give out their personal information

od3052004
od3052004

And here is where this dumb girl that killed a lady wanted to do her comunity hours... SURE!!!!

alejandro35
alejandro35

comical? more like annoying. Every time I read these articles I get in a bad mood, it seems to be written for idiots... 

Letsdrop2night
Letsdrop2night

LOL just pull up the crime stats in our area. It's online and it's free. The only reason why they had so many narcotics arrests this weekend is because the city had a large number of under cover units on the prowl. People forgot what a dump downtown was before the festivals and the clubs. I too live in downtown and if it wasn't for what some people no longer want in downtown it would not be what it is now. Residents of downtown need to suck it up or move back to Kendall or Westchester where they came from.   

Tim Elfrink
Tim Elfrink

Did you miss the part where the story says 71 isn't many arrests considering how many people were at Bayfront? Don't worry -- we'll be happy to compare the numbers with Memorial Day in a couple months.

maaarlong
maaarlong

did you even read the article? "It's worth noting: Considering the sheer number of people packed into downtown for the festival, 71 arrests isn't a massive number."

TROUBLE3O5
TROUBLE3O5

dude it always public information if you go on sun sentinel they have a "recent arrests" tab too with peoples mugshots, personal info, and charges. dont hate on the new times for actually making it entertaining! maybe the dumb fucks should have done their felonies and shit on the DL and not got caught!

Sir Sausage
Sir Sausage

Watch out Tim, Luke is gonna pounce on your ass for that comparison!

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