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Sleeping man beaten unconscious with piece of wood

SAN DIEGO — San Diego police are searching for an assailant who used a piece of wood to beat a man into unconsciousness outside a closed business in the Midway District.

The 54-year-old victim was resting alongside Rosecrans Street near Shoup Drive when he was attacked by a man wielding a 2-foot-long piece of wood around 5:45 p.m. Sunday, according to San Diego police Officer Robert Heims.

The victim suffered a blow to his head and was taken to a hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Police described the suspect as a roughly 34-year-old white man with blond hair, about 5 feet 10 and 180 pounds, wearing shorts. He fled in an unknown direction before officers arrived.