POLICE in Rugby are investigating a robbery which has left a 31-year-old man with a catalogue of fractures and injuries requiring hospital treatment.
The attack is believed to have taken place between 11.30pm and 12.30am on Saturday (September 1) into Sunday (September 2) as the victim, who had been for a drink in Rugby town centre on Saturday night, walked along Bilton Road near to the Lidl supermarket.
The man recalls seeing a group of people, and was then struck to the back of the head causing him to fall to the ground. On the floor he was kicked and punched, and believes he lost consciousness. He next recalls coming round as he was dragged towards a stream, possibly near Priors Park Road, where his attackers dunked him in the water, before he lost consciousness again.
The badly injured man, was found wandering in Oliver Street, Rugby around 8.30am on Sunday morning. An ambulance took him to the University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire where he was found to have two fractured eye sockets, a broken nose, a fractured cheek bone, further cuts to his face, four cracked ribs and internal injuries.
His belongings including a bag of clothes, a laptop computer and a quantity of money, which he had been carrying on Saturday night, had been stolen.
The hospital used an interpreter to get details from the man when he was well enough to speak to them, as he does not speak any English. It was only then that details of his ordeal became known and the police were contacted.
Officers from Rugby Local Investigation team want to hear from anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity on Bilton Road, especially in the area of Priors park Road, late on Saturday night, or in the early hours of Sunday.
They would also like to hear from anyone who saw the injured man in the early hours of Sunday morning. His face would have been heavily blood soaked, and his clothing would have been wet.
Detective Inspector Sean Pyne, from Rugby Local Investigation team said, “This man has been through a terrible ordeal, being punched and kicked to the point of unconsciousness and then believing that his attackers were trying to drown him in the stream.
“It was only when he had recovered enough in hospital to speak, that he was able to tell people, through an interpreter, what had happened to him.
“Bilton Road in Rugby is a busy area and even late at night there would have been a fair amount of traffic and people coming home from the town centre. I want to hear from anyone who may have seen what happened to this man, or anyone who spotted a group of people together in that area late on Saturday or early on Sunday.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Rugby Local Investigation team on 01788 541111 x 6126 or they can speak to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 where the information can be given anonymously.