(KMOV)-- Police are investigating after a man was beaten during an attempted robbery in Belleville.
Authorities said the victim stated he was walking around 9 p.m. Thursday in the 1st block of East F St when he was approached by 3 black male suspects. One suspect pulled out a hand gun and told the victim to empty his pockets. The victim told the suspects he did not have anything on him and he proceeded to empty his pockets.
The suspect with the weapon stated he did not believe the victim and he proceeded to strike him in the head with the gun, causing a deep laceration on the right side of his forehead.
The victim then ran toward a nearby house and fell on the porch. The second suspect grabbed the victim by the ankle and pulled him back down the stairs. He then turned him over and searched his back pockets. The suspects fled the area.
The victim ran to the St. Clair County Jail and was transported to Memorial Hospital.