GALVESTON

A group of men assaulted and robbed a Galveston business owner at his West End property Friday morning, police said.

Police were called to the 1900 block of 103rd Street about 7:20 a.m. to a report of an assault and robbery, Galveston Police Department spokesman Sgt. Xavier Hancock said.

The man, who police did not identify, had entered his garage and was confronted by a group of men wearing all black clothes with hoods and covered faces, Hancock said.

The group assaulted the man, knocking him to the ground and then ran away, Hancock said. They took some property from the man, but police did not specify what was taken.

The man’s injuries were not serious and he declined medical treatment, Hancock said.

The robbery prompted an hours-long manhunt in the marshy areas west of 103rd Street. The search was assisted by a helicopter from the Texas Department of Public Safety and search dogs from the Santa Fe Police Department, Hancock said.

The helicopter was called in because the terrain made it difficult for officers to search the area on foot, Hancock said.

The search was called off before any arrests for made, Hancock said. The police department is still investing the incident.

“The investigation into the identities of the perpetrators is just beginning, and will have the full weight of the Galveston Police Department,” Hancock said.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; john.ferguson@galvnews.com or on Twitter @johnwferguson.

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