Elderly man assaulted and robbed on east side

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An elderly man is recovering this morning after being assaulted and robbed on the city's east side.

Police say a 79-year-old man pulled into a Shell gas station shortly after 2 a.m. Tuesday. As he was finishing and getting ready to leave, a man approached him, got in the car with him and forced the elderly man to drive.

That drive didn't last long, only about two blocks west on Washington before police say the suspect made the driver get out of the car. There was a struggle and police say the suspect grabbed the man by the neck and punched him in the top of the head, cutting him.

The suspect took off with the man's wallet and car. The man walked a couple more blocks along Washington to the Speedway gas station at State Avenue where he called police. Because of the man's age, police called an ambulance and had him taken to the hospital to get checked out and treated for the minor head wound.

Police are now searching for the suspect and the victim's car, a red Honda Civic. There is no description on the suspect yet.

Police are calling this a robbery and assault. They say a weapon was never shown and that's the distinguishing factor. If you have any tips that could help lead to the suspect, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 262-TIPS.