OVALO, Texas -

The Taylor County sheriff's office is investigating an assault that happened early Tuesday morning.

It happened about 4 a.m. in Ovalo near a residence in the 25-hundred block of County Road 134.

The resident of a home called 911 stating that a man was ringing their door bell asking for help and saying - "someone is trying to kill me."

When officers arrived they found a man laying face down near the driveway.  He was bleeding from head wounds.

He told officers he was hitchhiking from Amarillo when some people offered him a ride but, after stopping at a house in Abilene for a short time, they drove south with him in a van and robbed and beat him.

Officers say they have three suspects that they're looking at but the victim was not able to give them any names.