Man brutally beaten after bumping into pedestrian

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Authorities say they are on the lookout for a suspect who brutally beat a 21-year-old man after the victim bumped into him in downtown.

On Aug. 25, Charleston police responded to MUSC in reference to an assault. Officers met with the victim, who was wearing a neck brace and had just been taken back to his room from oral surgery because of a broken jaw.

The victim said he did not remember the incident because he had been drinking and told investigators to talk to the witness.

The witness said that the victim and he left a downtown restaurant at 1:10 a.m. and were walking on King Street when the victim bumped into the suspect, who was walking in the opposite direction.

According to the witness, when he turned around, he saw the suspect sprinting up to them. Police say the suspect then attacked the victim hitting him several times in the face with a closed fist.

The witness said when the victim was leaning over and about to fall to the ground, the suspect "soccer" kicked the victim in the face. The witness said a citizen, who was in the medical field, helped to stabilize the victim and waited for an ambulance.

The victim told officers that an x-ray would be done on his neck and back for further injuries.

The suspect is described as a white male, between 5'9" and 6'1", 150 to 175 pounds, 23 to 25 years old, medium build with dark in color short hair, short scruffy facial hair and wearing a burgundy button up shirt and possibly beige color khaki shorts.

If you have any information you are asked to call police or Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.

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