HOWARD CITY, Mich. (WZZM) - A Howard City man has staples in his head, cracked ribs, a broken nose, and many cuts and bruises after police say he and his girlfriend were attacked by a mob early New Year's Day.
"I have seven staples in my head, a broken nose, two loose teeth, two broken ribs, and multiple other wounds," explains Derek Duncan.
About 1:30 a.m. New Year's Day, Duncan, 20, says he and his girlfriend were walking to their 2nd floor apartment in the 100 block of East Edgerton in downtown Howard City.
Suddenly, without warning, a mob of six to eight people approached them.
"A guy and a girl walking yelled 'f***ing b**ch' to my girlfriend," he recalls. "I don't know if they thought it was a different person or what? Both him and his girlfriend and five or six people behind them came running toward us. They started swinging on me and smashed a bottle over my girlfriend's head."
Duncan says no one ever said what provoked the attack. Soon he started to lose consciousness.
"They grabbed me and threw me down," he says. "A guy was holding my face down on the cement while all the other ones were kicking me with my head bouncing on the ground. I was limp and my girlfriend thought I was dead because I was lying there and letting them kick me in the face and head."
The mob finally ran off, but one in the group was hurt in the attack, and police followed his bloody trail to a nearby residence.
They say they have also identified at least one other suspect.
He is on parole and is now in custody for parole violation.
Detectives would like to hear from anyone who either saw or knows more about the attack to help them with their investigation.
"I'd like to figure out why it happened," says Duncan. "What did we do so wrong for them to do that?"