SEATTLE - A man says he was attacked and mobbed by a group of men on Capitol Hill on Friday night -- because he was trying to defend his female friends being harassed.
"All I remember is one punch to the face, and after that I basically lost consciousness,” said the man, who didn’t want to share his name.
He says he was leaving the bars on Capitol Hill after 2:00 a.m. on Saturday morning with his two female friends.
"There was five to eight guys that were aggressively coming after the girls that I were with, trying to touch and feel them,” said the man.
That’s when he says the men attacked him.
"I just think it was a little bit ruthless,” he added.
The victim says he blacked out, and he doesn't remember much of what happened next.
But a witness who spoke to KIRO 7 says she remembers the sound of his head hitting the ground.
"It was a wet smack. Like it was a really -- one of those sounds that you can kind of feel in your gut,” she said.
The victim spoke to KIRO 7 on Sunday, just after being released from the Intensive Care Unit at Harborview Medical Center.
"Bleeding on three sections of my brain, I think the back and each temporal lobe,” he said.
According to Seattle Police reports, in the last week there have been eight other reports of assault within two blocks of Pike and Boylston -- where this attack happened.