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Man attacked by 5 in daylight near Tampa store

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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL (WFLA) - Hillsborough deputies need help identifying the five men accused of attacking a man near a grocery store in Tampa last Tuesday about 6:00 p.m.

According to the HCSO report, the victim, 31-year-old Demetrius White was walking toward Snack Attack store at 6824 N 50th St. when one of the attackers approached him. Other men started gathering around and one of them "sucker-punched" the victim. The man fell and the attackers continued punching and kicking him, according to the report. The attackers also grabbed the victim's phone and money and took off.

Investigators now say they believe this was a random attack, and the victim did not know the suspects.
"He didn't," said sheriff's office spokeswoman Cristal Bermudez Nunez. "He walked up and the guy, the first guy that approached him and was asking him simple questions, do you come here often? To try to distract him and he didn't and he didn't think anything of it. Someone that was friendly, and just talkative, so it's not like they walked up to him and immediately attacking or being verbally aggressive. It was very calm in the beginning and escalated very quickly. "

The fight was caught on camera. Deputies hope they will be able to identify the attackers based on the footage. Deputies do not think White knew the attackers.

If you have any information about the suspects you need to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at (813)247-8200. You can also contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at
www.crimestopperstb.com or text "CSTB plus your tip" to C-R-I-M-E-S (274637), you may be eligible for a cash reward. 

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