Placentia police were investigating reports Thursday that a man was beaten and dragged into a car that sped away with the victim still inside.
Police officers were sent to the 1100 block of East Imperial Highway (map) after a witness called 911 and reported seeing a group of men beating another man shortly after 10 p.m. on Wednesday, the Placentia Police Department stated in a news release.
After the beating, the group dragged the man to a car and forced him inside before driving away, the witness told police.
“Upon officers’ arrival, we found a significant pool of blood and some other items of evidence that indicated there was some kind of violent altercation,” police Lt. Eric Point said in an interview.
Point said the witness described three men beating a fourth man near a small strip mall.
All the stores were closed at the time, and police were seeking surveillance video, Point said. Detectives had worked through the night and were following “several strong leads,” he said.
The victim’s identity was unknown, and it was unclear why he may have been attacked, according to police.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Placentia police detectives at 714-993-8146.