MANKATO — A 42-year-old Mankato man was assaulted outside his apartment building early Sunday morning  by four or five young men, police said. 

The man told police he had returned to his apartment building in the 400 block of Holly Lane from a bar and was standing outside smoking when at least one from a passing group of young men approached him and punched him at least once in the face. The assault was reported at 1:24 a.m.

The man was treated on the scene by paramedics. Police searched the area for a group of young men but were unsuccessful. There is no detailed description of the alleged assailants. No words were exchanged between the man and young men and nothing was stolen, police said.

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