MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – A construction worker was struck with a hammer and threatened with a gun shortly after a burglary in Miami Beach, authorities said.
According to Miami Beach police spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez, police received a call shortly after noon regarding a burglary at a construction site at 1300 Monad Terrace.
Rodriguez said a construction worker later found the burglar near 10th Street and Lenox Avenue.
A struggle ensued and the burglar struck the victim with a hammer, Rodriguez said.
Authorities said the burglar also threatened the worker with a gun.
Police set up a perimeter from 10th Street to 11th Street between Alton Road and Lenox Avenue as they searched for the culprit.
One woman told Local 10 News reporter Alex Finnie that she was leaving Whole Foods when she saw all the police in the area.
"I am glad that there's a lot of police but also I get scared. I don't know which way to go," she said.
The perimeter has since been broken down, but the burglar remains on the loose.
He is described by police as a white, Hispanic man who is about 6 feet tall. He was last seen without a shirt on, Rodriguez said.
According to Rodriguez, the victim is expected to be OK and did not need to be taken to the hospital.