A corrections officer was stabbed in the Hammocks area of Miami-Dade County, authorities said Wednesday.
At 6 a.m. on Jan. 5, the officer, 52-year-old Jorge Marbal, was in the parking lot of a park at 6125 SW. 133rd Avenue, getting ready to do some maintenance on a softball field.
He was approached by the suspect, who asked for cigarettes and change. When Marbal said no and walked away, the suspect stabbed him in the neck.
After a struggle, the suspect fled.
The suspect's father, Manuel Marbal, said his son noticed he was bleeding and then called police. When officers arrived, they found the weapon and one of the suspect's shoes that had been left behind.
Now, area residents are on the lookout, concerned for the safety of their loved ones at the park.
"My daughter plays softball here, so if I'm not here and she's out alone, I would be scared," said mother Arlene Nunez.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact CrimeStoppers (305)471-TIPS (8477) or (866) 471-8477.