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Gang-related assault

A man was assaulted in a Flagstaff park in what appears to have been a gang- motivated attack.

According to the police report, officers responded to Flagstaff Medical Center at about 11 a.m. Saturday to investigate a late-reported assault. The victim said he was walking in Ponderosa Park with a woman at approximately 1:30 a.m. that day when two tall, young men, possibly of Hispanic descent, attacked him. One of them struck him in the back of the head, causing him to fall down. They then kicked him while he was on the ground.

The victim told police he believed the attack was gang-related because the suspects were both wearing red shirts and he was wearing a blue beanie. Red is an east Flagstaff gang color and blue is a west Flagstaff gang color. The victim said his attackers asked him if he was "westside" and asked why he was on the eastside.

When the victim managed to get back on his feet, the suspects ran away with his beanie, sunglasses and jacket. Officers located a trail of blood that was nearly 50 feet long in the northeast corner of the park. The investigation is ongoing.

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