Police investigating after woman raped on Miami Beach

MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - Police are investigating after a woman was sexually assaulted on Miami Beach, Monday night.

According to police, the woman was falsely imprisoned, kidnapped and sexually battered.

The report, provided by the Miami Beach Police Department, said the rape happened on 15th Street and the beach, but officials cautioned that that is really a formality. The department must have an address attached to every incident report produced, but officials said the crime could have happened anywhere on the beach, so the exact location remains unknown.

The report confirmed that the sexual battery happened on Miami Beach between 10:30 p.m. Monday and 1 a.m. Tuesday.

Police said the victim did not suffer any serious injuries.

“Very scary, ’cause if I was walking here by myself, I would be a little bit worried,” said tourist Ruth Roston.

Roston is visiting from Philadelphia, and she was unsettled upon hearing about the assault on the beach.

“I told my daughter that she should come here, and now I’m gonna probably tell her not to,” she said.

Roston isn’t the only person worried about safety on the beach after learning about the incident.

“Alert people to let them know that they should maybe travel together, not travel alone,” said tourist Mike Salvato.

Miami Beach Police have dealt with other similar cases this year. In July, they arrested 30-year-old Derrick Wiggins, who was accused of harassing women at the Kantina restaurant on Ocean Drive and sexually assaulting a tourist on the beach.

If you have any information on this rape, 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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