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FIU police release updated sketch of suspect who beat two high school students

Florida International University police on Sept. 17, 2018, released an updated description and sketch of the man wanted in connection with the assault of two high school students at the school’s Biscayne Bay Campus.
Florida International University police on Sept. 17, 2018, released an updated description and sketch of the man wanted in connection with the assault of two high school students at the school’s Biscayne Bay Campus. Florida International University police

Florida International University police released an updated description and sketch of the man who the department says bludgeoned two high school students on the Biscayne Bay Campus earlier this month.

The new flier describes the man as being 18 to 20 years old, with a medium complexion, with short spiked hair and brown eyes. He was last seen in a white T-shirt that had a design and dark cargo shorts.

The update comes a week after Bela Perdomo, 15, and James Critz, 16 — students at Marine Academy of Science and Technology (MAST) — were attacked when they walked into the woods toward the water to take some samples for a marine biology class. Both teens suffered serious injuries when they were hit with a tree limb, Bela told Channel 10 news last week.

Shortly after the Sept. 10 attack, university police said they were looking for a “16- to 18-year-old black male wearing basketball shorts.” Then, a few days later, the department put out a computerized sketch based on the 15-year-old’s description.

That sketch showed the alleged attacker was not black, but may have been mixed race. Police said the victim provided more information.

On Monday, the new sketch shows a man with a more round face and thicker spiked hair.

Anyone with information is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477).

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