NEWARK -- A man was in serious condition on Tuesday after being stabbed during an attack by close to a dozen people in what police said appeared to be a case of mistaken identity over the weekend.

Officers were called at 10:11 a.m. on Sunday to Washington Hospital for a report of a patient who had been stabbed, said Cmdr. Mike Carroll.

The victim, a 25-year-old Fremont man, told police that earlier that day, about 5 a.m. he left his cousin's house and was walking along Thornton Avenue near Newark Plaza when he approached by two men.

The men asked him if his name was "Curley" and if he was Tongan, Carroll said.

Just then, two car loads of males, about 10 to 12 in each vehicle, stopped nearby, exited the cars and began to attack the victim, Carroll said.

At some point during the assault, the victim was stabbed in the lower back, police said.

After the beating, police said, the victim walked home. But because he had been drinking, police said, he was not aware he had been stabbed.

The victim then visited the hospital later that morning to be treated for a serious, but ¿not life-threatening stab wound, Carroll said.

No suspect description was available and a motive was not immediately known.

Anyone with information about this incident can call police at 510-578-4237 or at the anonymous tip line at 510-578-4965

Contact Natalie Neysa Alund at 510-293-2469 and follow her at Twitter.com/nataliealund



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