Police search for two suspects who severely beat Canton homeless man

CANTON, Ohio - Police are searching for two suspects after a Canton homeless man was severely beaten.

Authorities said Jason Doty, 34, apparently was punched a couple of times and he hit his head on the ground.

Police said Doty was attacked on Jan. 13 around 4:30 a.m. on W. Tuscarawas Avenue near Exeter Avenue SW. He was found in the street.

The attack on a homeless man, struggling to get by, has outraged many in this Stark County community.

"We have no motive at this time for why somebody would just want to cold-cock somebody on the side of the road," said Cpt. Dave Davis.

Davis said robbery does not appear to be the motive since Doty's money was not taken.

The attack happened less than a block from Aultman Hospital.

Doty was taken to Aultman, where he reportedly is in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

Surveillance video from the area captured two men running from the scene of the crime and detectives are trying to identify them.

At this time, police have no witnesses and no suspects.

Simon Horn, the men's director at Refuge of Hope in Canton, said Doty has come to the shelter several times and described the victim as a clean-cut, good guy.

"I hope he comes through this because if he has not been seriously brain-injured by it, he'll be a successful person. It's just a matter of of time and opportunity for him," Horn said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Canton Police Department at 330-649-5800.

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