Group of young people attack man on Uptown street, police say

A group of masked young people beat a 40-year-old man in an apparently unprovoked attack in Uptown on Monday evening, according to a CPD report. No arrests have been made.

The victim was walking in the 800 block of West Montrose when the group approached and began punching and kicking him in the face and body around 9 p.m., Officer Steve Rusanov said. Witnesses reported seeing about five young men wearing masks attack the victim, who was then dragged into the street as the group continued to kick and punch him.

Rusanov said the victim ran into a nearby business to get help.

Police responded to Food Town, 4401 North Hazel, after an employee reported that a man came into the store with a bloody face. Witnesses said the group ran from the area after the attack.

The assailants were described as Black males in their mid- to late teens who wore ski masks. According to witnesses, they were all 5’5” to 5’7” tall and weighed 150 to 180 pounds. One suspect who took off a ski mask was in his early 20’s, 6’2” tall, 180 pounds, and wore a white t-shirt, according to another witness.

An ambulance transported the victim to Weiss Hospital where he was treated and released, Rusanov said.

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