SOHO — A 24-year-old was brutally beaten over the weekend by a group of five men after he left a SoHo Japanese restaurant and karaoke bar, police said.
The man was repeatedly kicked and punched in the face and body as he walked out of BINY on 8 Thompson St. with a couple of friends about 1 a.m. Saturday, police said.
He told police the assault seemed completely random — he did not know the attackers, and there was no verbal confrontation before they jumped him, police said.
The man was left with severe swelling and bruises, as well as cuts to his head and face, police said.
Officers arrested one of the alleged attackers, 27-year-old Hua Liang, who was charged with second degree gang assault — a charge given when an attack occurs with the help of two or more other people — and second degree assault, according to the criminal complaint.
Liang’s Legal Aid attorney did not immediately return a request for comment.
He was released without bail and is due back in court on July 31, according to court records.
Other notable crimes in this week's NYPD blotter in the 1st Precinct include:
► A 32-year-old man has his wallet stolen after buying a drink at Mudville 9, a restaurant and bar at 126 Chambers St., Friday night, police said. The man told police he accidentally left his $300 Ferragamo wallet on the bar as he paid for the drink. When he realized his mistake, the wallet, which contained $200 in cash, was already missing.
► A 29-year-old woman had her iPhone 4 snatched from her hands as she rode a southbound 4 subway train on Friday at about 3:40 p.m., police said. As the train was about to leave the Wall Street stop, a man grabbed the phone from her and ran out of the subway car, she told police. She ran out after him, but the thief quickly escaped into the crowd.
► A 24-year-old woman had her $200 Coach wallet stolen out of her bag as she rode the 4 train Sunday afternoon, police said. The woman told police that after she boarded the subway at the Fulton Street stop, she felt her shoulder bumped. When she looked into her bag, her wallet, along with three credit cards and $10, was gone.