Man apparently attacked at random in Miami Beach

Police say victim hit on head, may have been beaten with piece of wood

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – A man was apparently attacked at random while walking through a South Beach neighborhood Tuesday night.

Miami Beach police spokesman Officer Ernesto Rodriguez said the man was walking in an alley in the 1200 block of Alton Court about 9 p.m. when he was hit on the back of the head with what may have been a piece of wood.

When officers arrived, they found the victim lying on the ground and bleeding from his head.

A witness told police he saw another man hitting the victim on the head with a 3-to-4-foot wooden stick.

"There was just a couple of blood spots all over the ground," witness Adam Jagoda said. "Kind of frightening, especially in your own backyard, but you just have to keep your eyes and ears open. Not the best place to live, but it's kind of concerning."

The victim, identified by police as Rahmi Workfield, 42, was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center in Miami. Rodriguez said the victim's injuries were not life-threatening.

Still, residents in the area said they are now concerned for their safety.

"I walked in and closed all the gates and even had a bat next to my bed last night," Jagoda said. 

Police are still searching for the attacker.

Anyone with information about his identity is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-8477.

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