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Jogger claims was attacked in wake of Zimmerman verdict

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This is the stretch of Highway 51 in Senatobia where the victim told police he was picked up. (Matt Gerien / FOX13 News) This is the stretch of Highway 51 in Senatobia where the victim told police he was picked up. (Matt Gerien / FOX13 News)
SENATOBIA, Miss. (FOX13) -

According to Senatobia Police Chief Steve Holt a man jogging along Highway 51 near Highway 4 claims he was attacked late Sunday evening by three males in the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict in Florida.

Chief Holt and his staff are taking this investigation very seriously and they know the spotlight is on them because of the mention of the Martin case.

The jogger told Senatobia police he was approached by three African-American males in a white four-door car, either an Impala or a Malibu. He could not give any other description of the men.

The victim, who is white, told police he was asked by the males if he knew who Trayvon Martin was.

Once he said he new of the Florida teen, the victim said the three men forced him into the car, beat him and left him on a road just outside of town where a Tate County Sheriff's deputy found him.

"A car came up behind him and asked him directions, then he took two steps toward the car," Chief Holt said. "Then they said, 'excuse me.' They asked him to get it the car. He refused to get in the car. They made another statement to him but I'm going to withhold that statement they made right now."

Chief Holt later told FOX13 News the statement was the comment about Martin.

Senatobia Police are investigating the assault and are not releasing the extent of the jogger's injuries. He was released from the hospital Monday morning.

Residents in Senatobia and the apartment complex near where the alleged assault happened are talking, and many residents like Bill Leishman have questions about the story.

"I definitely want more facts," Leishman said. "I don't point fingers without asking questions. I definitely want to know more information and I'm not going to just take anybody's story you know without further questioning."

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FOX13 News reporters Tom Dees and Matt Gerien contributed to this report.

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