Phoenix man assaulted by 2 men with rifles

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PHOENIX -- The Phoenix Police Department is asking for the public's help to find those responsible for an assault that left a 51-year-old man with a serious head injury.

At approximately 1 a.m. on May 13, two suspects followed the victim for approximately two miles from the Deluxe Bar and Restaurant in the area of 32nd Street and Camelback Road.

The victim stopped at his house in the area of 10th Street and Vermont Avenue to pick up some mail. Before the victim could get out of his car, the two suspects exited their vehicle and approached the driver.

Phoenix police Detective James Holmes said the suspects ordered the victim out of the car while brandishing rifles. They reportedly kicked the victim and assaulted him with the butts of the rifles.

The suspects searched the victim's car but took nothing before fleeing the area.

Holmes said the motivation for the crime is unknown at this time.

The victim was transported to a local hospital where he was treated for a serious head injury and multiple other injuries. He has since been released from the hospital and is recovering.

The suspects are described as black males between 20 and 25 years old, 6 feet to 6 feet 3 inches tall and 180 to 190 pounds. Police have released a sketch of one of the suspects.

The suspect vehicle is a late-model black car similar to a Chrysler 300 and had a Bentley-type grill.

The Phoenix Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in identifying those who are responsible for the crime. Anyone with information is asked to call the Phoenix Police at 602-262-6151 or Silent Witness at 480-W-I-T-N-E-S-S.