Man hurt in downtown assault

An Ashland man who received a head injury in a downtown assault early Friday refused treatment and will not press charges against his two suspect assailants, police said.

The man's injuries are less severe than officers initially believed, said Ashland Police Chief Terry Holderness. Police initially said the man had been disfigured in the assault.

"He received a minor injury to his head," Holderness said. "It just looked really, really bad because it bled a lot, but head injuries always do."

Two suspects in a vehicle pulled up to the victim on the corner of Lithia Way and North Pioneer Street at 2:59 a.m., according to police.

They exited the vehicle and assaulted the man, causing "bleeding to his eye," the police report states.

The suspects fled in the vehicle, leaving the man lying unconscious and partially in the roadway, police said. A witness described the vehicle as an older 1990s sedan that was possibly a white Pontiac, said Lt. Corey Falls with the Ashland Police Department.

Ashland Fire & Rescue responded to the assault, but the victim refused treatment. He also refused to cooperate with the police investigation and said he would not press charges against the suspects, according to police.

A detective visited the man, who is in his 30s, later on Friday and he again refused to cooperate with police, Falls said.

"I don't know if he knew the suspects or not but he doesn't want to make a big deal of it," he said.

The investigation into the assault will be discontinued and the case will be closed, police said.

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