Sleeping homeless man attacked under freeway overpass

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SAN DIEGO — A homeless man sleeping under a freeway overpass in Mission Valley was kicked and hit in the head with an empty bottle Friday morning by someone attempting to steal from him, police said.

The 60-year-old victim awoke around 5 a.m. to the suspect rifling through his things, which were in a box near a pedestrian walkway in the 7400 block of Hazard Center Drive near state Route 163, San Diego police Sgt. Ray Battrick. The victim was kicked when he told the man to stop.

Apparently the suspect did not find what he was looking for. He hit the victim in the head with an empty bottle and left. Battrick said the victim suffered a non-life-threatening head wound and was taken to a hospital to be treated.

Police described the suspect as a white man with short hair and tanned skin. He was wearing boots and shorts.

The attack was not believed to be connected to a series of four brutal attacks on sleeping homeless men that began on Sunday. A Chula Vista man was arrested Thursday in connection with that series.

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