A graphic video has surfaced of a reportedly unprovoked, vicious attack on a 29-year-old woman sitting alone in the corner of a Miami metro in which a 25-year-old black man punched and kicked her repeatedly before hurling her into a wall, according to the Daily Wire.
WSVN News tweeted: “‘I DON’T KNOW HOW I’M ALIVE’ – Andrea Puerta is speaking out about the terrifying moments when a man suddenly began beating her while on board the Miami Metromover in Brickell earlier this month. She said she is still looking for justice.”
One Miami-based journalist tweeted: “The victim of the Miami Metromover random attack has sent these photos. Andrea Puerta says she’s still dealing with broken ribs after being battered by a man in the rail car 9/4. The beating left her with a concussion, a swollen, bloody ear and other injuries.”
On September 24, Andrea Puerta was sitting alone on the rail car on the Metro train at the Fifth Street Metromover Station when a man whom prosecutors think was Joshua James King, 25, walked into the metro car. Video shows the man leaving the car, then returning to assault Puerta. A Miami-Dade Transit surveillance camera was able to capture the incident.
Puerta shared with Local 10: “I remember that I closed my hands and I said, ‘Stop! Stop!’ He didn’t stop. There was a moment when he said, ‘Sorry’ and I looked at him and he punched me and after that, I don’t know what happened.” She added, “He saw my eyes; he didn’t care about me. He’s so big; he’s 220 pounds; I’m 125. He’s two meters. He didn’t care about me.” She concluded, “I don’t know how I’m alive.”
Puerta told WSVN: “I’ve never seen him in my life. I never know him until that moment.”
Puerta suffered a concussion as a result of the incident, noting that she passed out during the attack. She also allegedly suffered a broken rib.
Following the assault, Puerta called 911. Recently released photos show Puerta with a black eye and a swollen jaw. Local 10 reported: “More than two weeks after the attack, Puerta still has a broken rib, a swollen jaw, a black eye and a bruised arm. She is worried King will strike again.”
Puerta was reportedly horrified to discover that King has a daughter.
A GoFundMe account was set up for Puerta which stated:
Andrea Puerta was attacked, without provocation, by a stranger in the metro mover in Miami. The man beat her over and over, breaking her ribs, blacking her eye and giving her a concussion before beating her nearly unconscious … This is to help her pay for her medical needs, legal help and therapy bills. Anything you can give would be of great help. We really appreciate your help in her time of need.
Jennifer Sills took to Twitter, tweeting: “Help my previous roommate and friend, Andrea Puerta, by donating to help her find justice and to cover medical costs after she was brutally attacked on the Metromover.”
The Daily Wire reported that “King, who remained on the train after Puerta exited, later reportedly attacked two other men on the Metro. He was arrested and charged with three counts of aggravated battery charges, and released Sept. 10 on a $1,500 bond. King is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 25 for a hearing; Puerta said she plans to be there that day.”
Puerta told WSVN: “I’m not sad. I’ll get so strong that I’m not going to accept that he does this to any person anymore.”
She told Local 10: “I think he punched the wrong person.”
One Twitter user posted the video, tweeting: “James King recently beating up Andrea Puerta while she was alone inside Miami’s Metromover. King, 25, punched Puerta, 29, more than 20 times during the Sept. 4 attack. He kicked, pushed,&bslammed her headfirst. She suffered a concussion.King was released Sept. 10 on a $1,500 bond.”