Good Samaritan released from hospital after horrific beating in Gravois Park

Rob Ludwig. (Images courtesy Shannon Howard, via GoFundMe)

Rob Ludwig. (Images courtesy Shannon Howard, via GoFundMe)

ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – A friend of a Good Samaritan beaten earlier this week outside his apartment in south city has organized an online fundraising effort to help cover the man’s medical expenses.

The beating occurred around 6 p.m. Sunday in the 3700 block of Virginia Avenue. The victim, 38-year-old Rob Ludwig, and his girlfriend saw a group of young men and boys harassing a teenage girl on the street and went outside to intervene.

Ludwig and his girlfriend, 34, began yelling at the group to leave the girl alone. However, a woman who was with the group began arguing with the couple and struck Ludwig’s girlfriend in the head with a tree limb. The rest of the group attacked Ludwig, punching him and hitting him with other objects.

The group ran off before police could arrive. No arrests have been made in the assault.

Ludwig suffered serious injuries in the attack. The extent of those injuries has not been disclosed, but a GoFundMe page shows the results of the horrific beating.

The page says Ludwig was released from the hospital and convalescing at home.