Police were called to the corner of Third and Elliott streets at about 3:30 p.m. when witnesses said a group of men assaulted a man.
Nathan Randles, 18, said an older man slugged him in the face and knocked him to the ground.
Randles' friend, Isaiah Wilson, said the two were walking east on Elliott Street and were near the stop sign at Third Street when they were approached by three or four other men.
“He was speaking of gang violence and The Bloods,” Wilson said of the assaulter. “He hit (Randles) in his face a couple of times. They threw him down and kicked him repeatedly.”
At one point, a woman came out of her house with a baseball bat. Wilson said the suspect saw that and swore, and kicked Randles three more times before walking away.
Grand Haven Department of Public Safety officers responded and immediately started searching the area for the suspects. An Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit also worked the area.
Randles was checked by paramedics and released. He suffered scrapes and bruises to his head, arms and legs.
Randles said he is originally from Muskegon, but moved to Grand Haven to get away from trouble.
Police said it is unusual to have this type of incident in broad daylight.
Wilson said Grand Haven is a safe area.
“Problems like this that cause violence need to be handled appropriately to ensure the safety of the citizens,” he said.