Man hits woman with a sock full of ‘hard objects’ during robbery in South Beach, police say

Officers arrested a man who was accused of attacking a woman to steal her purse in Miami Beach.

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – A woman told police officers she was waiting for an Uber driver when a man struck her with a sock full of rocks or hard objects to steal her purse on Monday in South Beach.

With the help of surveillance video, Miami Beach police officers identified the attacker as Ricky Williams. They arrested him on Tuesday near the intersection of Ocean Drive and 10th Street.

Ricky Williams is facing charges of armed robbery and aggravated assault in Miami-Dade County. (MDCR)

Williams, 28, who is homeless and unemployed, stole about $400 from the woman shortly before 5 a.m. at th 200th block of Fifth Street, according to the arrest report.

Williams told officers he was drunk and he didn’t remember the robbery, police said. Miami-Dade corrections officers booked Williams about 1 a.m. on Wednesday at the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.

Records show Williams was on probation for disorderly conduct at an establishment. He is facing charges of armed robbery and aggravated battery.

Excerpts from the arrest form

Miami Beach arrest form in Ricky Williams case. He is facing charges of armed robbery and aggravated battery. (MBPD)

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