Woman viciously attacked on Miami Metro; assailant pummels her head over 20 times

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A woman was viciously attacked on a mass transit automated people mover train in Miami earlier this month.

Captured on video, the victim, 29-year-old Andrea Puerta, was pummeled at least 20 times by a black man she had never seen before, who also kicked her and slammed her headfirst into a seat.

 

The seemingly random attack occurred on Sept. 4, as Puerta was riding alone on the Miami-Dade Transit Metromover with her assailant, according to WPLG Local 10.

She was hit more than 20 times, and suffered a concussion as a result of the beating.

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“I remember that I closed my hands and I said, ‘STOP! STOP! He did not stop,” Puerta told the ABC affiliate. “There was a moment when he said, ‘Sorry,’ and I looked at him and he punched me after that, I don’t know what happened.”

The good news is that her attacker has been arrested, but it turns out that Puerta was not his only victim.

Joshua James King, 25, is facing three counts of aggravated battery, WPLG reported, as he allegedly attacked two other people on the Metromover that same day. He has since been released on bond.

Riding the Miami Metromover is clearly a dangerous activity, as just over two weeks later, a 73-year-old man, Eduardo Fernandez, was viciously attacked while on his way to work as a parking valet.

Fernandez, who suffered several broken bones and internal bleeding, is scheduled for surgery Friday, WPLG noted.

This was also a random attack by an unknown assailant, who did not resemble King, according to the victim’s son.

“Totally different, different weight. It’s doesn’t look like the same person,” the angry son said.

Robert Lee Ribbs, 62, a homeless black man, has been arrested in that attack, charged with strong-arm robbery, aggravated battery and battery on a person 65 or older.

According to the arrest report, there was security on the train, but Ribbs waited until the security guard exited before turning on Fernandez, kicking and punching him.

Commissioner Joe Martinez, a retired police officer once assigned to transit patrols, called for county police at Metromover stations, the Miami Herald reported.

“There are not enough security guards, and the videos distinctly showed that there is vulnerability… especially at night,” Martinez said in a statement.

The county’s transportation union chief, Jeffery Mitchell, wants Miami-Dade County to fund security on the trains.

“To have people feel confident, you need to have regular patrols going through those trains,” he said, according to the Herald. “You don’t see that as much as you used to. You also need to have Miami-Dade police doing the same thing.”

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