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Man seriously hurt after crowd assault in downtown Phoenix

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Posted at 2:31 PM, Mar 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-18 17:31:54-04

PHOENIX (AP) - Phoenix police say as many as 10 people may have been involved in the assault of a driver.

Police spokesman Tommy Thompson said Monday that investigators are searching for suspects in the Friday night attack downtown.

Authorities say the 41-year-old male victim exchanged words with a pedestrian after she caused him to stop his car suddenly.

She allegedly called him a homophobic slur before flicking a cigarette butt into his car.

The victim says he got out to confront her when a second woman "rushed" him.

He pushed her, causing her to fall.

Witnesses say that's when several people ran out from a nearby business and kicked and hit the victim.

The victim suffered a broken nose, bruises and lacerations.

Investigators are also searching for the two women.