1 hospitalized after being attacked while walking dog in Miami Beach

MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - One man has been hospitalized after witnesses said he was attacked in an alley while he walked his dog in Miami Beach.

Witnesses said 42-year-old Rahmi Workfield was walking his dog along the 1200 block of Alton Court when he was attacked in an alleyway, around 9 p.m., Tuesday.

The attacker then fled the scene.

It is unclear if the weapon used in the attack was a wooden baseball bat or a long piece of wood.

Lizza Figueroa and Jose Berissinotti work in a neighboring hotel and witnessed the beating.

“The gentleman was bleeding profusely,” Figueroa said. “It was really ugly to see, and it was scary because he was just walking his dog trying to go to the other block, and he got attacked. This gentleman comes and walks his dog periodically every day around the same time.”

“It was something crazy,” Berissinotti said. “The guy was just walking with the dog, and the guy just, like, punched him with kind of a baseball bat.”

Police said Workfield wasn’t robbed during the attack.

Neighbors heard the commotion and came out to see what had occurred.

“I thought someone had run over him,” said a witness in the area.

Luckily for Workfield, one of the neighbors worked in the medical field and tended to his injuries until paramedics arrived.

After hearing about the attack, neighbors in the area said they were stunned something like this would happen nearby.

“It is Spring Break, so there’s a lot of crazy people here,” said Natalie Chalmers. “I hope they catch the guy because we don’t like that in this neighborhood.”

Miami Beach Fire Rescue crews transported Workfield to Jackson Memorial Hospital with injuries that were serious but not life-threatening.

Miami Beach Police are investigating the attack.

The attacker is said to weigh about 160 pounds and stands at about 5 feet 8 inches tall.

If you have any information on this attack, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.

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