A man walking through Market Square on Tuesday morning was beaten by an unknown assailant, suffering injuries to his head and arms, according to the V.I. Police Department.
The VIPD reported that at 11:04 a.m. officers were dispatched to the Schneider Regional Medical Center in response to a man being treated for injuries sustained during an assault.
At the medical facility, officers met with the victim, whose name was not released by the police, who told them that while he was walking in the Market Square area towards the rear of the Salvation Army on Torve Strade, he was approached by an unknown man who asked for a dollar. The victim replied “No,” and continued walking.
As the victim made his way towards Vester Gade, the unknown man attacked him from behind, striking the back of the victim’s head with what was later identified as a two-by-four, police said.
The unknown assailant reportedly continued to beat the victim, striking his face and both arms. The victim was eventually able to push his assailant away from him and the unknown man ran away from the scene.
Police said the victim was unable to provide officers with a description of his attacker.
The victim sustained a laceration above the right eye, a contusion to the rear of his head and lacerations to both arms. He was treated for his injuries and released by the medical facility.
Police asked anyone with information about the assault to contact the Criminal Investigation Bureau at 340-714-9807 ext. 5556, the 911 emergency call center, or the anonymous tip service, Crime Stoppers USVI, at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.crimestoppersusvi.org.