SAN DIEGO - Authorities say a gas station customer is fighting for his life Saturday after he was attacked with a crowbar during an attempted robbery overnight in Lincoln Park.
San Diego police say the incident occurred at around 2:30 a.m. at the Express gas station at the intersection of Euclid and Imperial avenues.
Witnesses said the suspect drove into the gas station and told the clerk he needed gas but had no money, according to San Diego police Sgt. Ray Battrick. The clerk rebuffed him, and the suspect went over to a car that was being refueled and approached a woman sitting in the passenger side.
"[The suspect] said, 'I need some money for gas, give me a dollar,'" Battrick said.
When the woman refused, Battrick said the suspect then went back to his car, got a crowbar, and returned to the other car where the male driver, the woman's boyfriend, was outside filling his gas tank.
"Words were exchanged and the suspect hit him with a crowbar numerous times in the head, then got back into his car and left," Battrick said.
Police say the woman ran into the store and called for help.
Lt. Paul Rorrison with the San Diego Police Department said the beating was very vicious.
"The victim did sustain some very serious injuries and based on the evidence that we've looked at so far, it appears that this suspect was very angry and very deliberate in his attack," Rorrison said.
The victim was taken to Scripps Mercy Hospital. There was no word on his condition.
The attacker was described as a white man in his 50s with a heavy build. He was wearing a green, white and orange jacket which is similar to a Miami Dolphins jacket, an orange shirt, camouflage pants that are tucked into his black military-style boots and a camouflage hat.
Police said the attacker left in a 2004 to 2006 white Ford Ranger pickup truck with a camper shell. The truck has a decal on the left rear that reads "STX" and a broken left taillight lens.
No motive has been determined, police said.
Authorities are questioning the victim's girlfriend, as well as reviewing surveillance camera footage of the attack.
The gas station has since reopened for business. 10News spoke with drivers who filled up at the gas station later Saturday morning.
Deryle Johns said it is scary to know someone would do something like that to another person.
"I just can't believe that… the way of the world, I guess," he said. "People are just so evil nowadays. Just going to get some gas and you worry about people going to hit you or hurt you… not good."
Anyone with information was urged to call San Diego police at 619-531-2000.