Police were hunting last night for three hijackers who targeted a man in south Belfast.
The 34-year-old was assaulted during the incident in the Donegall Gardens area and needed hospital treatment for facial injuries, cuts and bruising.
He was parking his blue VW Passat TDI car at around 10pm on Friday when he was dragged from the vehicle and beaten up. His assailant, along with another man and a woman, jumped into the car and drove off.
When the hijacked vehicle was forced to slow in traffic at nearby Ebor Parade, the woman got out and fled on foot towards Boucher Road.
The car then drove off in the direction of Tates Avenue with the two men still on board.
It is understood that a number of people were in the area at the time and witnessed the car being stolen.
Detectives have issued an appeal for anyone to come forward with information on the attack.