Sheriff: Attackers demand wallet, stab man in Belmont

Victim treated for non-life-threatening injury
Sheriff: Attackers demand wallet, stab man in Belmont

A group of men attempted to rob a Platteville man Monday night, authorities said.

The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a physical altercation in the area of the “Big M” in the town of Belmont.

According to the department, a 20-year-old Platteville man was walking along West Mound Road at 8:39 p.m. when he was attacked by five men. One of the suspects demanded the victim’s wallet and when the Platteville man refused to hand it over, a physical fight began.

The victim told police he injured three of the attackers in the fight.

During the struggle, the victim was stabbed with a knife, the sheriff’s office said. The five men then fled. The 20-year-old was taken to the Southwest Health Center by a passerby and treated for the non-life-threatening injury.

According to the release, the attackers were wearing masks. The vehicle they were in was described as a black Ford F150 extended-cab pickup truck.

The sheriff’s office said the incident is under investigation.

The Big M is a group of white stones fashioned into the letter M on Platte Mound just outside Platteville.