A woman has spoken out after she was attacked on Haulover Beach in the middle of the day and police are still searching for her attacker.
Renee Ricca spoke exclusively to NBC 6 on Friday about the attack. On Sunday around 3:30 p.m., she decided to walk from her house along Haulover Beach to Bal Harbor. She was walking home near the Miami-Dade Fire Station when she looked up to see a man approaching her.
“A man approached me, putting down his suitcase. He kept coming at me,” Ricca said. And then I don’t remember, he beat the hell out of me, just like that.”
“I just looked at him and he came and hit me in the eye and I was knocked out,” she said. “He picked me up and threw me deep into the mangroves. I held the phone in my hand and screamed. My hand (was) and my leg raised and he beat me on the head. I had six hematomas.”
Ricca went to the hospital for treatment. Her bumps and bruises are healing. But the fit Pilates instructor is concerned about others. She said she was only able to escape because someone else was walking along the path, which she believes scared off the attacker.
Ricca believes her attacker experienced homelessness. She hopes her attack is a wake-up call to the community to take action to address homelessness and provide more services to help solve the problem.
“Nobody expects that to happen in any location, especially this location,” Ricca said.
Miami-Dade police are investigating, but no arrests have been made.
Ricca described the man as approximately six feet tall, with a thin build, brown hair, brown eyes and a light complexion. She said he was wearing hot pink swimming trunks and sandals and was carrying a gray suitcase.
If you have any information, please contact the Miami-Dade Police Department.