CHICAGO (CBS) — Police were seeking the man who pummeled an unarmed security guard outside a Bronzeville apartment complex on Saturday.

The beating occurred shortly after daybreak Saturday, outside the Lawless Gardens high-rise apartments, at 3510 S. Rhodes Av.

The security guard told police that, when the man first approached her at about 5:30 a.m., he made small talk.

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Police News Affairs Officer Daniel O’Brien said that the man suddenly wrapped a shirt around the guard’s neck and punched her repeatedly in the head until she was able to struggle and get away.

A passerby called 911.

An eyewitness told WBBM Newsradio that the beating left the guard unrecognizable.

Chicago Fire Department paramedics transported the guard to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where doctors stabilized her.

Central Area detectives said they are seeking a man who is in his late 20s, or early 30s. He was wearing a white tank top and blue jeans at the time.

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