Five people beat a 37-year-old man unconscious and then took his cell phone at Horton Plaza in downtown San Diego, police reported Sunday.
The victim was on the second level at 8:25 p.m. Saturday looking at his cell phone when he was attacked from behind and hit in the head, said Officer Robert Heims of the San Diego Police Department.
Paramedics transported the man to an area hospital with non-life threatening facial fractures, Heims said.
One assailant was described as a black male with a heavy build, who was last seen wearing a light purple shirt, khaki shorts, purple and white shoes and a black knit cap. Another suspect was described as a black male wearing a black long-sleeved short and black skinny jeans.
The other assailants were a black male wearing a black hooded sweater with large white writing, a black female with long wavy hair, wearing a gray long-sleeved shirt and black shoes, and a black female wearing a black tank top and black pants.
All five suspects were last seen heading northbound through the mall, towards the park, Heims said.
San Diego police asked anyone with any information regarding the attack to call them at (619) 531-2000.
City News Service contributed to this article.