Florida teen beaten to FIE says that they thought, ‘OK, try not to die’

A young marine biology student said she was attacked in the vicinity of the Biscayne Bay campus of Florida International University.


A teenage girl was severely beaten two weeks ago by an unknown offender in Florida, told reporters Wednesday that she thought “OK, try not to die,” during the attack, The Miami Herald Reported.

Bela Perdomo, 15, said she was with a classmate, James Critz, 16, during the Sept. 10 attack in a wooded trail at the Florida International University’s Biscayne Bay campus in North Miami.

Perdomo and Critz are high school students studying marine biology on the campus. The students were allegedly collecting dirt for a school project when they passed a person on the track.

Perdomo and Critz said hello and two minutes later, severely beaten by the individual, The Herald reported. The attacker struck them with a branch, leaving them with broken skulls and unconscious, according to the report.

“I thought, OK, try not to die,” Perdomo told reporters. “I want to catch him. From there, I want him along.”

Perdomo said that she regained consciousness and sought help in a nearby building. FIU police and medics found Critz semi-conscious. Neither teen sexually assaulted, police said. Both are recovering from their injuries.

The offender managed to escape and remains at large, police said. Perdomo described the perpetrator as a heavy-set, Hispanic man, about 18 years old.

During the Wednesday press conference in the FIU’s north campus library, authorities were in no leads so not to taint the investigation, ” she said. The police said they are viewing surveillance footage from across the whole school.

Bradford Betz is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @bradford_betz.

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