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Police seeking suspect after man bludgeoned in Hillcrest

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Homicide detectives sought Friday to determine who bludgeoned a man with a rock in Hillcrest, leaving him clinging to life in a hospital.

The 31-year-old victim walked out of a canyon in the 1300 block of Washington Street and flagged down a passing driver about 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, according to San Diego police.

"The man was only able to tell the motorist he had been hit in the head with a rock," SDPD Lt. Ernie Herbert said.

Medics took the victim, whose name has been withheld pending family notification, to a nearby trauma center, where his condition deteriorated. As of this morning, his injuries were considered life-threatening.

Detectives have little to go on in the case, according to Herbert.

"The preliminary investigation has revealed the victim was (attacked) during an altercation with someone known to him, but it is not known what the altercation was about or who the other person is," the homicide lieutenant said.

Police believe the assailant may have been a man in his mid-30s seen in the area around the time of the apparent fight. He was described as about 5 feet 7 inches tall and 185 pounds, with short, straight brown hair, and possibly wearing camouflage shorts and a red shirt.

Authorities asked anyone with information about the case to call San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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