Investigators Monday turned to the public for help in identifying a man who robbed a Hemet resident on Christmas Day and dragged the victim as he attempted to hang on to the suspect’s car as it sped away, leaving him with major head trauma.

Hemet police Sgt. Gabriel Gomez said that about 9 a.m. on Dec. 25, the 29-year-old victim, whose name was withheld, was in the 100 block of South Franklin Street when he was approached by a man in his 20s, who stepped out of an early 2000s model black Ford Taurus and asked about a camera that he was carrying.

Before the victim could answer, the suspect snatched the camera and jumped into his sedan, according to Gomez.

“The victim attempted to hold on to the suspect vehicle and was dragged for several blocks,” the sergeant said. “The victim sustained a serious head injury.”

The man was left lying in the 600 block of East Acacia Avenue, where patrol officers and paramedics came to his aid a few minutes later, Gomez said. The victim was taken to Riverside University Medical Center in Moreno Valley and is now in recovery.

Gomez said efforts to locate the Ford Taurus have been unsuccessful. The four-door sedan has “distinct wheels,” a chrome emblem on the front fender and possible damage to the driver’s side of the fender, around the headlight, he said.

Anyone with information was urged to contact the police department at 951-765-2400, or call the We Tip Hotline, 866-640-8477.

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