Woman sexually assaulted at Miami Springs hotel; man on the run

MIAMI SPRINGS, FLA. (WSVN) - Police are on the hunt for a man who reportedly sexually assaulted a tourist inside her Miami Springs hotel room.

According to Miami-Dade Police, the 33-year-old woman was staying at the Clarion Inn and Suites along Northwest 36th Street, Monday.

The victim heard a knock on her door and went to open it just after 12 p.m. That’s when the subject forced his way in.

“Once he was inside the room, a brief struggle ensued,” said Miami-Dade Police Detective Angel Rodriguez, “and at which time the offender pulled out a box cutter and sexually assaulted the victim.”

The victim was treated at a nearby hospital and released.

Surveillance video captured the subject at the hotel. He could be seen wearing a multi-colored shirt, faded jeans and white tennis shoes.

Detectives were seen searching area businesses and homes for surveillance video that could help in their investigation, Wednesday.

Guests staying at the hotel were terrified to hear about the alarming attack.

“It’s very disturbing to us because we came for vacation, and to hear that where we’re staying at — that’s awful,” said Tiffany Jones who was visiting from San Francisco.

Jones decided to check out of the hotel early and search for a new place to stay during her visit.

“They gave me my full refund back, but it’s just still sad,” she said. “I’m happy we’re checking out. I hope they find him.”

Police are hoping the public steps up with information leading to an arrest.

“The community needs to come together because this was a random act,” Rodriguez said. “Please assist us in capturing this very dangerous, armed sexual offender.”

If you have any information on this sexual assault, 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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