Police: Woman assaulted with wine bottle outside Walgreens

Police searching for 4 men in connection with attack

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. – A Jacksonville Beach woman was sent to the hospital after she was assaulted with a wine bottle outside a Walgreens on Third Street at Beach Boulevard, police said.

The assault was reported about 11:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the Walgreens.

According to the Jacksonville Beach Police Department, the woman said she was attacked and robbed by four African-American men who are believed to be in their early 20s.

The 30-year-old victim told police she was walking across the north end of the parking lot when the four young men began yelling at her. She said she yelled back and was struck in the head with wine bottle.

Police said the men grabbed her purse and cellphone, then took off -- two on bikes and the other two on foot.

The woman was taken to an area hospital for a minor head injury.

A witness told police he saw the victim arguing with the four men. He said they were talking aggressively toward the victim and the victim was yelling back at them. He said moments later, he saw the victim on the ground, but no longer saw the four men.

The purse that was stolen contained $300 in cash, a military ID, debit card and driver’s license that belonged to a friend of the victim -- none of which has been recovered. However, the victim’s cellphone was recovered nearby.

According to police, surveillance cameras at Walgreens and a neighboring Carrabba’s restaurant were not pointed in the direction of the assault.

Police said they told the woman to cancel her debit card and to immediately call the department's non-emergency number if the card appears to have been used to make fraudulent purchases.

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