Andrew Mossberg made a painful mistake two months ago. He thought Miami Beach Police Det. Philippe Archer was a purse snatcher and tried to help the woman he believed was the victim. His thanks? Getting his face obliterated by the cop.
In the early evening of June 26, the 50-year-old audio and video engineer was walking on West Avenue when he saw Archer, dressed in a blue polo shirt and black slacks, screaming and manhandling Megan Adamescu, a 29-year-old model.
“I saw him grab her purse and pull things out of it,” Mossberg relays. “When she tried to grab the bag back, he punched her in the face. She fell down, got up, and tried to go for her purse again. He then kicked her legs from underneath her so she would fall down again.”
Mossberg, who bought his three bedroom condo at the Mirador in 2004 for $439,500 and last year paid $1,317 in property taxes to Miami Beach, alleges Archer was not wearing a police badge or any other ID. So Mossberg called the Miami Beach Police nonemergency number and asked the dispatcher to send units over. “I yelled at him that the police are on their way,” Mossberg says. “That’s when he ran at me, kicked me once in the left side of the head, then kicked me again in the forehead, and punched me twice.”
What he didn’t know was that the cop had just thrown Adamescu, who was drunk, out of the South Bay Club condo building.
Adamescu, who sustained a black eye and a head contusion, admits she was heavily intoxicated. But she insists Archer was the aggressor. “I didn’t know who he was,” she says. “He definitely didn’t show me a badge. All of sudden he’s coming at me like a raging lunatic, grabbing my purse. I was freaking out.”
She claims her injuries were so severe she was unable to work runway shows during Miami Beach swim week in July. “There was no way I was going to walk with all the bruises all over my body,” she says. “And I was still in a lot of pain.”
The condo’s concierge, Adrian Aponte, says the cop did ID himself. “She was passed out on the lobby’s sofa,” he says of Adamescu. “She was in a very terrible condition.”
What is certain is that when Mossberg came to, he found himself under arrest alongside Adamescu for felony battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting an officer with violence, and disorderly conduct. Archer also charged Mossberg with obstructing justice. In arrest reports, Archer claims Mossberg and Adamescu attacked him despite his telling them he was a cop and showing his badge.
The cop, who is black, wrote that Adamescu yelled “fuck you nigger,” “became hostile and belligerent,” and that she “attempted to snatch her passport out of my hands.” Archer alleges he got distracted when Mossberg approached him. That’s when Adamescu “slapped me on the left side of the face, knowing that I was a law enforcement officer. I immediately countered with an open hand strike to [the] right side of her face causing her to fall to the ground and hit the back of her head,” Archer wrote.