Police: Robbers claim to love victim before viciously beating him

SEATTLE -- They say love hurts, but this is ridiculous. According to the Seattle Police Department, a group of six would-be robbers told their victim they loved him just before viciously assaulting him last Wednesday outside his South Seattle apartment.

According to the police report for the incident, the victim was leaving his apartment complex in the 3900 block of South Kenyon Street around 9:30 p.m. when he was confronted by six people loitering outside the gate.

Someone in the group asked the victim for the time, so he took out his cellphone and told them 9:30. In response, another member of the group told the victim, "I love you."

According to the report, that's when the six started closing in on the victim, who tried to run back into the apartment complex but was caught from behind.

The group punched and kicked the victim, continuing to strike him in the head and stomach even after he fell to the ground, according to the report.

The attackers were reportedly demanding money and reaching into the victim's pockets.

According to the report, two witnesses approached the group, and the attackers ran off in different directions.

The victim told officers the attackers were unable to steal anything from him, but neither he nor the two witnesses got a good look at any of them.

According to the report, a similar robbery occurred approximately 30 minutes earlier a mile away at Rainier Avenue South and South Henderson Street.