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Man beaten after refusing to give attackers cigarette


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A Wilmington man says he was attacked outside his home last night after he was asked for a cigarette.

The 56-year-old says he was sitting outside his apartment in the 1400 block of Mears Street in Hillcrest about 10 p.m. when a man and a woman walked up behind him and asked for a cigarette. The victim told police he told the couple to move along. Then he said they came back behind him and one of the people hit him in the head.

Investigators say EMS took him to the hospital for treatment of the head wound.

Police are looking for his attackers.

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