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      Police identify men wanted for questioning

      According to Scott, the three men could give investigators more information on an assault case that occurred on August 19 on the 2200 block of Wheat Street.

      COLUMBIA (WACH) - The Columbia Police Department has identified the three men wanted for questioning in an assault investigation.

      Chief Randy Scott says the men are considered 'persons of interest' in the investigation and were identified through a CrimeStoppers tip.

      According to Scott, the three men could give investigators more information on an assault case that occurred on August 19 on the 2200 block of Wheat Street.

      Scott says the victim of the assault told investigators that he and a female were walking home from Five Points when they turned on Wheat Street around 2 a.m. on August 19 and were approached from behind by three men.

      The victim turned around after he says one of the men called to get his attention, which is when he was struck in the face with another man's fist, according to police. The suspects are accused of repeatedly hitting the victim in the face causing severe injuries including a broken nose, cheekbone and black eyes.

      Police say the the female told officers she jumped on the suspect's back to stop the incident, but she was not successful.

      The assault victim was treated at a local hospital and released.

      The victims say the other two suspects stood and watched the assault without trying to stop it, according to authorities.

      Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact CrimeStoppers at 1-8880-CRIME-SC.