WANTED: Group of men assault deaf man in Central West End

Police are looking for a group of men wanted for an assault in the Central West End (Credit: St. Louis Police)

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) -- Police in St. Louis are asking for the public's help identifying five suspects wanted for assaulting a deaf person.

Police said the 33-year-old man was assaulted at the intersection of Euclid and Lindell, in the Central West End (CWE), on May 5 at 9:30 p.m.

The victim told police the group of five men approached him and began assaulting him. The man was reportedly punched multiple times and required stitches.

"I was surprised, one, that it happened here and two, a group of people assaulted a deaf man," said Central West End resident Patrick Mooney.

St. Louis Police are turning to security camera photos to help lead them to the suspects who attacked the victim.

Jim Whyte of the CWE Neighborhood Security Initiative caught images of the suspects just before the attack went down. Whyte's organization helped supply the photos thanks to cameras placed all over the neighborhood.

"He was not robbed that's why it makes it so difficult to understand why it happened," said Whyte. ""It happened quickly and unprovoked," said Jim

Whyte's cameras are placed in nearly every corner of the CWE and routinely helps police crack cases. READ: Neighborhood security cameras help solve crimes in Central West End"As a retired policeman I look back and wonder how we would solve these things in the past, but now with the power of social media and video we're hopeful that someone will recognize them," said Whyte.

Whyte said the camera system has helped local law enforcement make 54 arrests for crime relating to the area.

Anyone with information regarding the attack is asked to contact police.

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