A group of thugs were filmed punching and kicking a man in the street before his wallet and keys were stolen.
A manhunt has been launched for the attackers. Officers said the victim, 40, was attacked on Corporation Street, Birmingham, at 6pm on Sunday June 28.
Shocking footage of the attack shows him lying in the middle of the road as one man climbs on top of him and repeatedly strikes his head. Another then appears to be stamping on his face.
He was taken to hospital after the ordeal, where he was treated for head injuries, a badly bruised eye and possible facial fractures.
West Midlands Police have now released the footage as part of an appeal to find the man’s attackers. They are urging anyone with information about the incident to get in touch.
A force spokesperson said: “The shocking footage shows several people witnessing and filming the incident and we would urge them to contact us as soon as possible so that we can identify those involved.”
Detective Inspector Gemma Currie added: “We’re horrified at the violence used towards this man who simply curled himself into a ball to escape the onslaught.
“Footage shows several people in the area who may have footage or information which could assist and there will be many more who recognise them.
“This could have ended far worse than it has and we would urge you to do the right thing and contact us.”
Watch the video of the attack below.
#APPEAL | We urgently need your help to identify these men who savagely assaulted a defenceless man as he cowered on the floor on Corporation Street in #Birmingham city centre yesterday (28 June) around 6pm.
— West Midlands Police – #StayAlert (@WMPolice) June 29, 2020