Utica police are asking for the public's help in finding three men who nearly beat a 33-year-old man to death in the parking lot ofThursday evening.
Police said the victim entered the restaurant with a woman and her children Thursday evening and then exited the restaurant at 9 p.m. and walked to the back of the building, near the dumpsters, where he was met by three men.
The men severely beat the victim until they were scared off by an employee exiting the building.
Police believe the men fled to nearby Kentucky Fried Chicken and got into a waiting vehicle.
The victim, who is from Algonac, was hit repeatedly in the head with an unknown blunt object and suffered severe head wounds. He was transported to an area hospital and listed in critical condition.
Police believe that this was not a random incident and that the victim knew his attackers.
The Utica Police Department is requesting that anyone that may have been in the area and witnessed anything that may be related to this incident or has information regarding this attack to call the Department at 586-731-2345 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-SPEAK UP.