05/30/2014 12:20 EDT | Updated 07/30/2014 05:59 EDT

Edmonton Police Investigating 'Brutal Assault' Of Homeless Man

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EDMONTON - Edmonton police are investigating a brutal assault on a homeless man found under a bridge in the city's northeast.

Police say the victim was discovered by two passersby underneath the Victoria Trail Bridge on Tuesday.

The 43-year-old man had been beaten with some kind of weapon and had lost a lot of blood due to his injuries.

He was taken to hospital in serious condition.

Investigators believe he was assaulted by a man in his early 20s, who is described as Caucasian with a slim build, short blond hair and blue eyes.

They believe the alleged assailant may have been accompanied by another man and a woman.

“This appears to be a cowardly, unprovoked attack on a helpless man,” acting Det. Mark Rosenow said in a release Friday.

“We believe the man was struck repeatedly with a weapon of some kind and, from the nature of his injuries, he was most likely trying to defend himself. This man will be in hospital for some time recovering.

"He’s lucky to be alive.”

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