VIDEO: Ybor City restaurant worker assaulted, robbed after leaving work

The victim, Dustin Lowe. (Family handout)

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Dustin Lowe never knew what hit him Sunday night. The 24-year-old, who works at the Stone Soup Company in Ybor City, suffered a savage attack after leaving the restaurant where he worked. 

It happened last weekend in an alley behind the popular restaurant, according to police. 

Now, the young man is left struggling at a local hospital. He’s been recovering in the intensive care unit since Sunday after being beaten, robbed and left unconscious.

Lowe is suffering from bleeding on the brain, a fractured skull and a fractured nose, along with deep injuries to his inner ear.

According to his mother, Lowe got off work early around 7:30 a.m. and hung out in Ybor City before returning to the restaurant. That’s when he was attacked.  Lowe was found on the concrete behind the restaurant.

“A black SUV pulled up and four guys got out. They punched him, knocked him out. They picked him up as high as they could and slammed him on the concrete and he’s already knocked out,” Sylvia Love told News Channel 8.

The attackers took a wallet that Lowe had with him. Lowe and a co-worker had mixed up their wallets and Lowe had his co-worker’s wallet with him.

The attack on Lowe was caught on surveillance video behind the Stone Soup Company. However, despite repeated requests, the owner would not release the video to the media.

It was given to Tampa police late Tuesday. Detectives think it is the clue they need to crack this case. They believe they’ll be able to identify the attackers by looking at the video.

“Our guys are working on it right now as we speak. In this case, we are lucky that we do have some good video. Hopefully will be able to find out who did it. We will probably be asking for the public’s help,” Steve Hegarty, TPD spokesman told News Channel 8.

Several other businesses in the area also have security cameras.

Meanwhile, the waiter from Plant City continues to recover at TGH. His family is by his side, hoping the people who did this will be caught.

“How many other people have these boys done this to?” asked Love.

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