HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg police are investigating a weekend assault.
According to Lt. Jon Traxler with HPD, around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday officers were dispatched to the 2400 block of West 4th St in reference to an assault and theft.
When they arrived, they located a victim who said he was walking through the parking lot when he was approached and assaulted.
The victim told police that the suspect took his cellphone and fled.
A Facebook post about the assault went viral Sunday afternoon where a family member of the victim claims the assault was a "hate crime."
According to the victim's sister Karen Meinershagen, her brother is out of the hospital but has multiple facial fractures including a broken nose. He will need multiple surgeries.
Traxler said the investigation is on-going at this time.
If anyone has any information they are asked to call the Hattiesburg Police Department 601-544-7900 or Metro Crime Stoppers 601-582-STOP(7867).