Posted: Dec 3, 2012 2:08 PM by Ben Lloyd - firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Dec 5, 2012 12:44 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - Investigators with the Corpus Christi Police Department are looking for two men involved in an assault that left a 25-year-old man with life threatening injuries just before midnight on Friday.
A friend of Erik Schwirtlich's family says the 25-year-old suffered a broken jaw and a fractured skull in the assault. He's currently in and out of consciousness and remains in intensive care at an area hospital.
Surveillance video from the area of N. Chaparral and Starr Street shows a man intentionally bump into the victim as he was walking down the street while talking on a cell phone.
Schwirtlich got off the phone as he talked to the suspects for less than 30 seconds. One of the suspects, seen wearing a grey polo style shirt, tried to keep the other man from starting a fight, but the suspect in a black and yellow shirt punched Schwirtlich twice.
He was already unconscious as he fell to the ground and hit his head on the sidewalk. Police say he suffered possible life threatening injuries from a cut to the back of his head.
It's not clear how long he was left on the sidewalk before someone stopped to help. In the surveillance video you can see what appears to be flashing lights from a police car about a block over while the assault was going on.
If you can identify the men seen in the video, call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS, or submit a tip online at www.888tips.com.
Do you have a tip, information about a breaking news story, or a story idea for 6 Investigates? Contact the KRIS 6 News Desk at 361-884-6666 or send us an email.
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