Two teenagers who suffered a brutal beatdown at Florida International University's Biscayne Bay campus have been released from the hospital, family members said, as police continue their search for the perpetrator behind the violent attack.
James Critz, 16, is recovering from injuries that include a fractured skull, but the MAST @ FIU student is remaining optimistic.
“Right now I still can’t hear out of my left ear, but I’m not nausea...super nauseated—I can get up and walk around now, which is nice,” he said.
Critz and 15-year-old Isabela Perdomo – both students at MAST @ FIU – were viciously attacked Monday at the FIU BBC campus by an unidentified subject, police said. According to Perdomo, the suspect attacked both students with a large tree limb for no apparent reason, causing severe injuries. Critz, however, has no recollection of the attack.
“I don’t recall exactly, what exactly happened,” Critz said. “Me and a friend were after class, we were hanging out outside near the bay. And we were walking somewhere and the next thing I knew, I woke up at the hospital.”
Both students were transported to the intensive care unit at Memorial Regional Hospital. Perdomo was released Thursday, Critz was released Saturday.
Police have released a sketch of the suspect, who is described as a dark-skinned male around 16-18 years old.
“I really hope that people will really look for this guy because this was so random, and in the middle of the day and you know, just kids. And you know, it could be anyone’s kids at any time,” said Tara James, Perdomo’s mother.
Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call Miami-Dade Crimestoppers at 305-471-8477.