Police Hunt Thugs After Brutal Head-Stomp Attack Caught On Video

One victim was punched in the head 17 times then stomped on.

Police have released shocking footage of a brutal gang attack on two men on a Melbourne street, where one victim was punched in the head 17 times then stomped on.

Police shared the graphic video, filmed by a witness on a mobile phone, in hopes the perpetrators would hand themselves in to authorities. Police said two men, aged 45 and 61, were on Wellington Parade in east Melbourne, near the Melbourne Cricket Ground, just after midnight on Friday morning when three men approached them.

"A verbal altercation took place and the two victims were then assaulted by the trio," police said. One man was wearing a Richmond Tigers beanie.

"The 61-year-old from Rosebud was punched to the head approximately 17 times with the offender then stomping on him while his 45-year-old friend from Mount Evelyn was assaulted by the two other offenders," police said.

"The unknown offenders then fled the scene on foot and were last seen running towards Clarendon Street and the Fitzroy Gardens."

Both victims were taken to hospital. The 61-year-old is being treated for serious facial fractures while the 45-year-old may have a broken arm.

"Police are today releasing the mobile phone footage and urge the three unknown men filmed to hand themselves into police," police said.

"The three unknown offenders are described as being Caucasian, with one wearing Richmond Football Club clothing."

Anyone who witnessed the assault or who may be able to identify the three unknown men in the vision is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au