A man was found stabbed Friday morning on the edge of Riverfront Park, where he had apparently been for several hours.
Deputies were called to investigate after the victim, a man in his early 30s, was discovered bleeding on a rock just east of the South Billings Boulevard Bridge shortly before 11:30 a.m.. The victim was taken to a hospital.
"We got a call late this morning. A citizen found a guy over in the Riverfront Park area by the bridge," said Yellowstone County Sheriff Mike Linder. "We think it happened around 5 a.m."
The victim was not very coherent when deputies tried to talk to him, Linder said. But the victim said he was walking to work on a path near the park when three people attacked him, Linder said.
The victim tried to fight off the three people and that is when he was stabbed. The victim told the sheriff's deputies that he was attacked from behind. One person was wearing a mask, but he was unable to describe the assailants. It's unclear why he was attacked, Linder said.
His injuries, some of which were to his face, did not appear life threatening, said Linder. The victim appeared to have moved away from the location of the stabbing. Deputies were still searching for the site of the attack. In an evening update Linder did not specify whether the location of the attack had been found.
They are still searching for suspects. If anyone saw anything suspicious, including three people near the park between 5 and 6 a.m., they should call the Sheriff's Office, Linder said.
The stabbing is the fourth severe injury at a Billings park in less than two weeks. A woman and two teenage boys were shot in Pioneer Park in the early morning of June 30. Police are still searching for the shooter.
Bordered by homes on three sides and a high school to the north, Pioneer Park was also the location of an electric shock on June 29, when a woman came in contact with a wire trailing from a NorthWestern Energy utility pole. She remains in a medically induced coma.