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Tampa, Florida -- Police want your help finding four men
who teamed up to beat a young U.S. Army soldier in a South Tampa street.
It was an awful welcome to Tampa Bay for a young soldier. Police say the
victim of a violent beating caught on camera is 24 years old and has lived in
Tampa for less than a month.
He's a U.S. Army soldier assigned to
MacDill Air Force Base and lives not far from the base at Dale Mabry Hwy. and
Police say Sunday morning, at around 3 a.m., the
soldier's car broke down a few miles from home along Westshore Blvd.
attack came when he was walking home and using Iowa St. to get from Westshore to
Dale Mabry. At the intersection of Iowa and Renellie Dr., the man came into the
view of a neighbor's motion-activated security camera.
A group of three
young men is seen walking ahead of the soldier. Police say one of the men in the
group doubled back and asked to soldier to borrow a dollar. When the soldier
reached for his wallet, the first punch flew.
The first, tremendous
sucker punch laid the victim onto the ground. The other two men joined in,
punching and kicking the soldier.
A fourth man comes sprinting into view
from the left edge of the video. The new attacker -- a man the soldier said he
had walked past earlier -- joined in the beating.
Tampa Police officers
say the crooks stole the soldier's wallet and cell phone, then took off south on
Renellie Dr. When he eventually got to his feet, the victim had to knock on
doors to find someone to help him call 911.
The soldier was taken to
Tampa General Hospital with cuts and bruises on his face and head. Police say he
is expected to make a full recovery.
Police say they haven't gotten many
useful details about the suspects from the video.
The victim was not
able to tell police much more: they're all in their late teens to early 20's.
Two were black men with an average build, police said. One attacker was possibly
Hispanic, also with an average build. The fourth man was also black, but with a
Police are hoping someone knows about this brutal beating
and will call Tampa Police at 813-354-6600 to help them find the attackers.
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