Police are asking for the public’s help in tracking down the group of men who assaulted a 24-year-old Vancouverite in September, leaving him with serious internal injuries and a fractured orbital bone.

The victim and his friends were attending an annual skateboard block party in the 200 block of Abbott Street on Sept. 13 when they were approached by seven men.

One of the men insulted the victim’s girlfriend and slapped the victim’s hat when he reacted.

The victim then retaliated by punching the instigator, said Const. Lindsey Houghton of the Vancouver Police Department in a release yesterday.

The victim was then jumped and kicked repeatedly in the face, head, back and stomach by the men until some witnesses intervened.

The suspects fled in a taxi.

The victim was hospitalized and required surgery to remove his damaged spleen.

Investigators believe the attack’s lead instigator is a white male, who has a tattoo of a fish outlined on one of his arms.

He wore a red baseball cap and was apparently trying to sell Crest Whitestrips at the party, Houghton said.

A second male suspect is described as short and wore a brown backpack and a thick hemp necklace.

A third suspect reportedly has brown hair with a step pattern shaved into it.

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