CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- A man is recovering after he was badly beaten while leaving work in Chesterfield Thursday evening.
Crime Insider sources told reporter Jon Burkett the attack happened around 5:45 p.m. in the industrial park on Busy Street Park when a suspect emerged from the bushes and attacked a man with some sort of a bat or baton.
Video from later that night showed Chesterfield Police surveying the scene and using spotlights in hopes of locating cameras that may have captured the attack.
Crime Insider sources said the victim who works at Snap Office Supplies was so badly beaten he had to get dozens of staples to his head. He is expected to make a full recovery, according to those sources.
"There's so many cars and people coming in and out, for someone to attempt a robbery or a mugging like that is very odd and very random," Army veteran Jonathan Burnley, who owns Mongrel Martial Arts, said.
Burnley’s business shares a parking lot with where the attack occurred.
"We are definitely going to take some more heightened awareness,” Burnley said. “I think now as responsible business owners we need to look out for our neighbors on top of ourselves."
The attack has triggered a discussion about vigilance and safety of all who patronize these businesses.
"We have cameras that monitor close to the perimeters, but I also sit on the board for the industrial park and want to see if we should look at more lighting, more cameras,” Burnley said. “What we do here is, especially with the dark hours coming much sooner, is that everyone leaves in groups and everyone looks out for one another."
"Right around the time this was happening the Mongrel Fitness parking lot was bustling with people going in and out of martial arts classes,” Burkett said.
Police believe the suspect ran toward the end of Busy Street to a heavily wooded area.
If you have information that could help detectives, call Chesterfield County Police at 804-748-1251 or Crime Solvers at 804-748-0660.