by Sam Levin
A trip to the gas station early Sunday morning turned into a frightening experience for a 24-year-old male who St. Louis metro police say was violently attacked by four men.
The assault and robbery took place at the 9000 block of Halls Ferry Road just after midnight on Saturday.
The victim told police that he was walking to a gas station when a man approached him and asked him for a lighter.
That suspect, police say, soon pulled out a knife and pushed the victim to the ground -- when three other men began to kick him.
Fortunately, it appears the victim got away with only a "superficial wound to his ear," police say.
Police say that in addition to the beating, one suspect tried to cut the man with a knife.
They took his money and fled and at this time, remain unknown, police say.
It was a busy weekend for cops. On Saturday alone, metro police responded to five separate cases of assault in the city, including one involving two off-duty cops. An officer in that incident was shot and suffered minor injuries, police say.
Here's the full alert from metro police:
Incident: Assault 1st/Robbery Location: 9000 block Halls Ferry (West Alley) Date/Time: 04/21/2013 @ 0030 Victim: 24-year old black male Suspect: Unknown The victim stated he was robbed at knife point by four unknown black males, while walking to the gas station. The victim stated, a black male asked him for a lighter, and then the suspect pulled a knife and tried to cut him. The victim fell to the ground and began to get kicked by the other three black males. The suspects took the victim's money before fleeing the scene. The victim received a superficial wound to his ear. The investigation is ongoing.