By: Joshua Ceballos/News Director
FIU Police have released a computerized sketch of the suspect who attacked two Mast@FIU high school students at the Biscayne Bay campus.
Isabela Victoria Perdomo and James Sadler Critz were collecting materials for a project at BBC near the bay on Monday, Sept. 10, when they were assaulted, police said.
The suspect is said to be a mulatto man, between 18 and 20 years old and about 5 feet 10 inches tall, according to the FIU Police Department.
The suspect allegedly attacked the victims with a tree branch after he told Perdomo to take off her clothes, according to The Miami Herald, and ran away when she screamed.
The initial report given by the University described the perpetrator as a black man, but after working with a forensic sketch artist from Miami Dade Police, the female victim described him as “mulatto.”
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, President Mark B. Rosenberg, joined by Miami Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho and FIU Police Chief Alexander Casas, spoke to media outlets in an impromptu press conference at BBC.
Rosenberg called the incident an isolated event in an “isolated” part of campus. The campus is a safe place, he said, and the university is working with police to catch the assaulter.
Carvalho said he walked the trail where the attack occurred.
“This came as a shock to all of us,” said Carvalho.
Carvalho urged students to be vigilant and stay in groups if venturing out to the paths. He also said that Monday was not a regular school day, and that the students were studying on campus although school was not in session. Crisis counselors would also be available at the school to provide aid to students who need it, he said.
Casas told Student Media after the event that FIU Police were able to interview the female victim, and her account enabled the police to tighten the timeline of the incident, as well as ensure that their investigation “is going in the right direction,” and bring “more clarity.”
Perdomo is in stable condition but Critz is still unstable, as of Friday, Sept. 14.
FIU police have increased their patrols and added additional personnel to BBC, according to Casas.
Miami-Dade CrimeStoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for help in apprehending the suspect.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call CrimeStoppers at 305-471-8477, or FIUPD at 305-348-2626.