Man beaten in head

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Victim was pistol-whipped

Christopher Sardelli
A Lancaster man was injured late Sunday night after he was struck in the head during an attack.
Officers are searching for suspects in the assault of a 14th Street resident who was pistol-whipped, according to a Lancaster Police Department incident report.
The man’s roommate told officers the victim left to pay someone he owed money to, somewhere in the area of North Market Street, only blocks from the man’s home.
The roommate said when the victim came home, sometime after 10 p.m. Sunday, he noticed something was wrong as his roommate continuously ran to the bathroom coughing and gagging. When he asked his roommate what happened, the victim told him he had been hit in the head with a pistol, and his cigarettes and phone had been stolen, the report said.
The roommate asked a neighbor to take the victim to the hospital, because neither of them have a car.
The neighbor told officers she drove the man to Springs Memorial Hospital, though he didn’t say anything to her other than he had been hit in the head and nose with a pistol. When she dropped him off, she said the man was holding a large towel to his face.
Early Monday morning, officers went to Springs Memorial Hospital to speak with the man but learned he had been flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte soon after he arrived.
Hospital staff told officers the victim came to the hospital at almost 11 p.m. with a large cut on his left temple, a small right frontal bleed, temporal bone fracture and was throwing up blood.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the victim’s condition was unknown and CMC Charlotte did not have any record of the victim at the hospital. Sgt. Paul Smith with the Lancaster Police Department said investigators have leads and will meet with family on Wednesday.