POSTED: Tuesday, February 16, 2010 - 8:03am
UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 11:00pm
Miami-Dade police are looking for a person who attacked a man because his daughter picked a roadside tomato.
Rob Lerner has surgical scars underneath the neck brace he wears.
He says the morning of January 28th he was driving with his 10 year old daughter when she asked to pull over and pick a tomato.
Once she selected her fruit police say a person claiming to be the tomato grove owner approached the two accused them of stealing and a fight ensued.
Lerner suffered fractures to his neck and spinal column.
Police have released a sketch of the attacker based on Lerner’s description.
Lerner now has titanium plates and rods inserted into his neck.
When asked what he learned from the incident Lerner says he would not have stopped if he knew what would happen.
"The little girl asked if she could pick a tomato. So the victim pulled the car over and, once the little girl selected her tomato, the subject came up to the victim, accused them of stealing and a fight ensued," said Rebecca Perez of the Miami Dade Police Department.