CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A man says he was assaulted less than a block away from his downtown Cincinnati home Thursday night.
The victim, who has a black eye, asked FOX19 to conceal his identity.
"If this is gang-related, I don't want them to see my face," he said.
The alleged assault happened on Race Street, between 7th Street and Garfield Place, around 8 p.m.
"They didn't take anything, it was simply to assault me," he said.
He said it happened after a woman stopped to ask him for directions.
"When she pointed, it was natural for me to look the way she was pointing and that's when I got smacked -- and I wasn't braced for it so I hit the ground," he said.
He says at least five people started kicking him when he hit the ground.
"I didn't see the person that hit me or the ones that were kicking me, I just saw shoes from the blood of my face as they were running away," he said.
FOX19 spoke with Cincinnati Krav Maga self-defense instructor, Karim Noujaim, about tips to stay safe.
"When it comes to people approaching you -- if you feel something wrong, if your instincts are telling you something is wrong -- the No. 1 thing you can do is keep distance," said Noujaim.
Noujaim says a coordinated attack is extremely hard to prevent and if someone wants to hurt you, they probably can.
As for the victim, he's lived downtown for 20 years and says nothing like this has ever happened before, but it has forever changed him.
"I'm alright. I'm not afraid -- I'm just gonna be a little more vigilant," he said.
FOX19 requested the police report to see if there are any suspect descriptions given by a witness who wrote a statement. We will update the story when we receive it.