- Olivia Hitchcock
- Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
9:03 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 Palm Beach County CrimeLAKE WORTH
A 29-year-old Lake Worth woman was robbed and beaten early Monday after climbing into a car she thought was an Uber.
The woman told Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies she’d taken an Uber to a store to pick up a bottle of wine at about 1:20 a.m. She was disoriented and intoxicated, she said, when she walked out of the 24 Hour Food Market on North Federal Highway in Boca Raton.
She climbed into a car thinking it was the Uber she’d taken there and was surprised to find two men in the front and a woman in the backseat, north of West Palmetto Park Road.
Surveillance footage from the market shows the woman speaking with two men, according to a sheriff’s office report. The woman told deputies the trio agreed to give her a ride home, so she climbed in the car.
The woman in the back grabbed her pink iPhone 6-Plus, and the driver demanded the 29-year-old hand over any money she had, according to a sheriff’s office report. She told them she only had a $20 bill.
The driver stopped the car at 13th Avenue South and North N Street, about 25 minutes north of the store, and demanded the woman exit the car.
The driver, later identified as Ramon Mitchell, 31, and the man in the front seat exited the car with her. She told deputies they took her purse, punched her in the face and smashed her head into the ground. She wasn’t sure if Mitchell or the other man, who has not been identified, hit her.
They left in a dark-colored four-door car, she told deputies. She ran to a nearby home and asked the residents to call 911.
The beating left the woman with a fractured left orbital socket, a broken nose and bleeding in her brain, a sheriff’s office report states.
Video footage from the store shows the woman talking to two men. That night deputies returned to the store and found Mitchell wearing the same clothing as the man in the surveillance footage. The woman almost immediately ID’d him in a photo lineup, deputies said. Mitchell denied being involved with the incident, according to a sheriff’s office report.
He is charged with robbery and aggravated battery, court records show. He is scheduled to appear before a judge Thursday morning.