POLICE are hunting for a man who brutally bashed a stranger with a metal pole in what is thought to have been a random, unprovoked attack in Surfers Paradise.
The victim, a 56-year-old man, was standing outside a unit complex on Watson Esplanade about 4.50pm when it’s alleged an unknown man walked up behind him and started beating him with the pole.
In a statement this evening, police said the brutal attack was “unexpected”.
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“He was approached from behind and unexpectedly assaulted by an unknown man,” the statement said.
“The victim was hit several times in the face and head with a metal pole.”
After bludgeoning the 56-year-old, police said the offender fled on foot, running towards Peninsular Drive.
The man is described as being Caucasian in appearance, aged in his mid-40s and having a solid build.
He was wearing an orange hi-vis hoodie, a black and red cap and blue shorts at the time of the attack.
Police said the victim was taken to the Gold Coast University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Anyone with any information that could assist police with their investigation is urged to come forward and call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Policelink on 131 444 quoting reference number QP1801837822.
You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.