MIAMI (WSVN) - A surveillance camera on board the Miami Metromover in Miami’s Brickell neighborhood captured a man punching, slapping, shoving and yanking a woman before he was arrested by police, leaving the victim badly bruised.
The attack was captured by a Miami-Dade Transit surveillance camera at the Fifth Street station on the night of Sept. 4.
The battery persists for nearly a full minute, and the video was posted to the personal YouTube channel of Andrea Puerta, the victim.
Her friend, Erika Marquez, spoke with 7News on Saturday.
“We don’t feel safe in the area anymore,” she said.
The video shows Puerta sitting toward the back of the rail car, as the assailant steps onto the car before exiting, only to return seconds later. He then could be seen throwing and delivering punches to the unsuspecting woman’s head.
She tries to create space against her attacker, but the defense did not work, as the man continued his unrelenting onslaught, pounding her repeatedly, as she sits trapped in her corner seat.
Puerta then appears to plead with the man to stop and motioned with her hands for mercy.
However, the man continues to deliver punches and slaps to the woman before shoving her forcefully into the other section of the car and yanking her in the other direction and back into the corner seats and onto the ground.
He then kicks and knees his helpless victim before throwing more blows to Puerta’s head.
Just as suddenly as the attack started, it finished, and the man could be seen turning his back to the woman as he seemingly waits for the next stop as the victim, who appears dazed and staggered, stands up.
Joshua James King was arrested moments after the attack and charged with two counts of felony battery and one misdemeanor battery charge.
“It’s terrible. It’s terrible that this is happening here in Brickell.,” said Marquez.
Marquez said it’s been a difficult few weeks of recovery for her friend.
“Now she’s scared of everything, like taking the Metromover, being by herself,” she said.
King is described as standing 6 feet, 2 inches tall and weighing 210 pounds, and police said he attacked two other people on Sept. 4.
He has since posted bail, and his next court hearing is scheduled for Sept. 25.
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