City of Miami Police hit the street Wednesday morning in the Allapattah neighborhood to pass out flyers of a suspect wanted in a brutal sexual assault.
Officers were in the area of Northwest 12th Avenue and 30th Street passing out the flyers that they hope will lead them to the suspect responsible for the assault of a 47-year-old woman underneath the Metrorail back on Jan. 1.
At the first house police stopped at Wednesday morning they got a huge tip from a woman who told them she knows the man.
"I think he’s a guy that lives by my house," said the woman, who didn't want to be identified. "Most likely I saw him Friday pass by my house."
The victim told Telemundo 51 in Spanish that she was walking to work when she heard the man creeping behind her as she walked underneath the train overpasses lining Northwest 12th Avenue. She recalled picking up her pace, but said the man did too.
When he grabbed her, she said, he punched her in the face, and demanded she touch his private parts and hug and kiss him.
As she tried to scream for help, he held her down, and punched her in the face several times, police said. The woman said the suspect also grabbed her purse before he ripped her clothes off and began to sexually assault her.
The assault took place in an open field beneath the Metrorail in the area, according to police.
"She was yelling for help and he covered her mouth and continued to beat her," Miami Police spokesman Freddie Cruz said. "At any given moment he could have taken her life and we’re afraid he might strike again."
Neighbors in the area said they're hopeful this man will be taken off the streets before this happens again.
"My 20 year old takes the bus at night from the Metrorail," one woman said Wednesday. "So I want to make sure they see this flyer.”
"My sister lives over on the corner and she has to walk every morning about 6 a.m. to get a train and that’s bad, you know," William Montblo said.
Authorities ask anyone with information on the incident to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS or Miami Police's Special Victims Unit at 305-603-6300.