A man who says he was jogging alongside of a road when three black men abducted and beat him claims the alleged attack was in retaliation for George Zimmerman’s acquittal, police in Senatobia, Miss. told Fox News.
Police Chief Steve Holts told Fox News the alleged victim, who is white, was jogging Sunday night along Highway 51 when, he said, the suspects pulled over and ordered him to get inside their car.
“One of them asked, ‘Do you know who Trayvon Martin was?'” Holts quoted the man as saying. At that point, the men in the vehicle allegedly attacked him.
The man, who the chief described as a young resident of the area, was treated at a local hospital.
Memphis television station WREG reported the assailants allegedly told the victim, “This is for Trayvon.” The television station and The Democrat newspaper reported the jogger was badly beaten and later dropped off on a road between Senatobia and Coldwater, Miss.
Holts declined to release any other information but said officers are searching for three black males in a white, four-door vehicle.
“We want to find out why this happened,” the chief said, while also cautioning local residents to “be safe.”
The police department is urging local residents who might have information to contact Crimestoppers at 662-301-1111.