Man beaten with belts while defending family near Tenderloin

A 27-year-old man was walking with his family near the Tenderloin on Thursday when he heard several men insult one of his relatives, prompting an argument that turned violent.

The altercation happened on Van Ness Avenue near Eddy Street around 7:22 p.m., police said. After the man heard the insult, he fired back a statement at the group who then threatened him. An argument ensued.

Two of the three men then removed their belts and started beating the man with the belt buckles. The trio fled the scene before police arrived.

The wounded man was taken to Saint Francis Memorial Hospital with a laceration to his head. He is expected to survive.

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