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09-11-2018, 10:52 AM

2 Miami-Dade high school students severely beaten on campus
Man attacked teens with tree branch early Monday
Updated: 11:33 AM, September 11, 2018


HOLLYWOOD, Fla. - An attacker severely beat two Miami-Dade County high school students with a tree branch early Monday, family members said.

Bela Perdomo, 15, and James Critz, 16, who are students at the Marine Academy of Science and Technology at Florida International University Biscayne Bay Campus, were collecting samples for a science project near the school when the man approached them.

"About three to five minutes later, he was on top of them bashing the guy with a large club," Elizabeth Perdomo, Bela's mother, told Local 10 News.

Bela and James are both being treated at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood. Family members said both teens are heavily sedated after suffering skull fractures.

Bela told her mother that man did not take anything from them.

"The motive was probably sexually oriented," Perdomo said.

According to an FIU news release, the victims identified the attacker to police as a black male between the ages of 16 to 18.

10-21-2018, 06:37 AM

$5,000 reward offered for information about man who attacked 2 students at FIU
Police pass out fliers in hopes someone identifies culprit
Updated: 6:26 PM, October 17, 2018

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MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. - A reward of up to $5,000 is now being offered for information that leads to the arrest of the man who attacked two high school students last month at Florida International University's Biscayne Bay Campus.

FIU police passed out fliers Wednesday informing the public about the increased reward and trying to find someone who recognizes the attacker from a sketch.

"We're just afraid that he'll do this to someone else," James Critz's mother, Tara James, said. "It was so brutal and completely unprovoked, so I feel like he's not going to just stop at this, especially if he just gets away with it."

Authorities said Critz, 16, Bela Perdomo, 15, who are students at the Marine Academy of Science and Technology at FIU, were collecting samples Sept. 10 for a science project near the school when the man approached them.

But she said the man then demanded that she remove her clothes before he attacked her.

"He said, 'Don't worry. Don't worry. I'm not going to kill you. Just take off your clothes and you'll be fine. I won't kill you. But if you don't take off your clothes, then I'll have to kill you,'" Perdomo said.

Family members said both teens suffered skull fractures, among other injuries.

"He can hear now out of his left ear, but that's healing quickly they say. He just got his cast off of his arm (and) he's wearing a back brace until the end of November, but he's doing much better," Tara James said.