Mother of student assaulted at FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus assists with search for attacker

NORTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) - The mother of a student brutally attacked at Florida International University’s Biscayne Bay Campus is ramping up efforts to help find the person responsible.

Tara James was out on the busy streets of North Miami passing out flyers with the sketch of what FIU Police believes to be the person involved in the assault that took place on Sept. 10.

Her son, 16-year-old James Critz, was randomly attacked along with 15-year-old Isabella Perdomo as they were on campus collecting samples for a project.

“My son James is wearing a back brace from his fractured vertebrae,” James said. “He has a fractured wrist. He still has a cast on for that, and he can’t hear out of one ear. Bella, very similar, can’t hear out of one ear. All her bruising and stitches have healed up, but they’re hidden behind her hairline. She has a huge amount of stitches.”

North Miami Police have partnered with FIU Police to help in the search for the criminal.

“It’s important to get him off the street,” a North Miami Police official said. “He’s already hurt a couple people, and we want to do our best to get him off the streets.”

Officials believe the attacker is between the ages of 18 and 20, has brown eyes and short cropped black hair, with medium-dark complexion.

“This guy assaulted my son and his friend with no provocation, almost killed both of them,” James said. “If today it’s my son, tomorrow it could be one of your kids. Please keep an eye out.”

If you have any information on this assault, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $5,000 reward.

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