Officers investigating early morning attack

A man was attacked and beaten while the suspect hurled racial slurs at him.

On 3/16/14, just shortly after 2:00 a.m., the victim and a group of friends were in the 700 block of E. Pike. The suspect, a complete stranger, approached the victim, who is mixed race. The suspect made racially degrading comments to the victim and then began to assault him.

The victim was knocked to the ground and while on the ground several other random suspects in the area came over and kicked him while he was down. It is unknown if these additional suspects were acquainted with the original suspect or not.

The victim managed to get away from the suspects and walk to the area of 1600 block of Broadway where officers located him and his friends.

The 22-year-old victim sustained facial/head injuries and bleeding. The victim also lost a tooth. He was transported by POV to an area hospital for treatment.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 20’s, 5-07, medium build, purple/blue button up shirt, and dark pants. Officers conducted an area check for the suspect(s) with negative results.

No information was provided on other suspects.

This is an open and active investigation. Anyone with information about the suspect or incident is asked to call 9-1-1. Anonymous tips are welcome.