Police are appealing for public assistance after a man was assaulted in the Hunter region at the weekend.
About 11.30am on Saturday 2 January, a 56-year-old male was walking along Curlew Avenue, Hawks Nest, when he was approached by two unknown men.
Police were told one of the men grabbed the 56-year-old by the shoulder and demanded he hand over his wallet before punching him in the face.
The second male stood nearby.
The 56-year-old fell to the ground while the first man continued to assault him.
A short time later, a passing motorist stopped to render assistance as the unknown men fled the scene.
The bystander assisted the 56-year-old, who sustained minor injuries which did not require hospital treatment.
Officers from Port Stephens-Hunter Police District were notified on Sunday 3 January – and started inquiries.
The men are both described as being of Caucasian appearance, aged in their early 30s, between 170cm-180cm tall, with slim builds and short dark hair.
The first man is further described as having facial stubble and missing a number of teeth.
Police are also appealing for the male motorist who stopped to render assistance to come forward, as he may be able to assist officers with their inquiries.
Anyone who may have seen or heard anything in the nearby area or who may have dashcam footage or CCTV is urged to contact police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au