Police in Tuscaloosa have opened an assault investigation after a man reportedly struck a woman with a vehicle outside a gas station early Wednesday morning.

A spokesperson for the Tuscaloosa Police Department said officers were called to a gas station on 14th Avenue not far from Evergreen Cemetary and Bryant-Denny Stadium shortly after 12 a.m. Wednesday on reports of an altercation there.

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Police say the victim, a 22-year-old woman, told officers that she was robbed outside the gas station and when she tried to stop her assailant, he struck her with a vehicle and fled the scene.

The victim walked back to her nearby apartment and contacted police.

The case was turned over to the multi-agency Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit, which investigates almost all homicides, assaults and sex crimes in the county.

Captain Marty Sellers, the VCU's co-commander, said the unit has opened an assault investigation after the altercation.

He said the victim was struck by a vehicle and sustained minor injuries but did not require hospitalization. No further details were available Thursday morning.

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