CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston Police said that 37-year-old John Dolin, of Peytona in Boone County, is in critical condition after he was beaten in an alley near Quarrier Street early Friday morning.
A Charleston patrolman found Dolin laying in the alley unresponsive about 6:30 a.m., said Lt. Steve Cooper, a spokesman for the Charleston Police Department.
The patrolman was responding to a call from an individual who saw a bloody man lying in the alley, he said.
Officers said Dolin was "obviously robbed." His wallet was found lying out empty.
He was taken to Charleston Area Medical Center's General Hospital where he underwent surgery.
He suffered serious head trauma, Cooper said. Officers are currently unsure if a weapon was used, he said.
He was last seen around 2 a.m. in Sam's Uptown Cafe on Capitol Street, Cooper said. He was alone at the time and had money in his wallet, he added.
"He appeared to be well and he had cash on him," Cooper said.
He also appeared to be alone while at the downtown bar, he said. The incident is not believed to be connected to ArtWalk, which was held downtown Thursday evening.
Authorities are attempting to retrace Dolin's steps through the night. They are also looking for any video surveillance footage from the area, Cooper said.
The alley, which is parallel to Capitol Street, runs between Quarrier and Lee streets.
Dolin was found lying in the alley about 50 feet from Quarrier Street, Cooper said.
Officers do not have a suspect in the case, he said."It's still early in the investigation," Cooper said.