Help sought catching suspects in Seattle man's beating

Help sought catching suspects in Seattle man's beating
SEATTLE -- Police are asking for the public's help identifying a group of men who are suspected of robbing and beating a man in the city's Belltown neighborhood.

The victim, 68-year-old Matt Hale, was found semi-conscious and bleeding from the head just after midnight on Wednesday.

He was rushed to Harborview Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

"He's a nice guy and I hope he pulls through," said Steve Alabaster, who lives at the Seattle Heights Condominiums where Hale works as a concierge.

Investigators said the five men seen in surveillance video released Friday attacked Hale near the intersection of 3rd Avenue and Cedar Street as he was walking home.

The video was recorded on cameras at Fisher Plaza, home to KOMO News, as the men walked away after the assault. (View photos >>>)

A witness told police that one of the men stomped on Hale's head and then took his wallet as Hale lay bleeding in the street.

The suspects are all black men, about 5 feet 8 inches to 6 feet tall, with medium builds and in their late teens or early twenties. The man who kicked hale was wearing a blue and yellow striped Polo-style shirt and denim shorts.

No arrests have been made, and officers are asking anyone with information to contact the Seattle Police Department's robbery unit at 206-684-5535.

"I want them to catch these guys. They deserve to be punished," said Sandra Kolb, who said she always sees hale when she returns to her home at Seattle Heights after work each night.

"He's just a great guy. I can't imagine why someone would want to hurt him," she said.

Police are also investigating whether the same group of men were involved in a robbery at an ATM near 3rd Avenue and Battery Street early Saturday morning.

In that incident the victim was punched and stabbed in the back while trying to use the ATM.