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Street performer attacked on Las Vegas Strip

Posted at 11:22 PM, Feb 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-22 12:09:02-05

A street performer was attacked and left with a bruised and swollen eye. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is looking for the person responsible.

It happened near The LINQ on the Las Vegas Strip last Thursday afternoon.
Brian Patrick said the assailant tried to grab his tip jar. Moments before, the man had been watching his performance.
"I think he was kind of dancing to my music," Patrick said. "I didn't pay him any attention."
The man wasn't able to grab the tip jar because it was attached to Patrick's equipment. That's when the mugging escalated.
"He came back and started beating me in the face," Patrick said. 
The entire time the victim was only thinking about one thing.
"Is my equipment safe?" he said. "Because that's my actual livelihood."
In the midst of the attack, a stranger came to Patrick's rescue.
"He had Brian pinned on the ground," said part-time street performer Matthew Hill.
Hill, who also works a second job, was injured as a result of the incident.
"I broke my hand in 3 spots," he said. "16 weeks off of work."
Hill said he's now worried about how to pay his bills. 
Police said the suspect is described as being a black man in his 20s. He is approximately 6 feet tall and 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray jacket and blue jeans.
Anyone with additional information regarding this case is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555.