HILLSIDE - A Union County man says he was beaten on his own street for ten minutes before being robbed.

According to John Wingate, 42, he was held by one man while three others punched and kicked him. The father of five says the group also stole $250 from him, along with his Blackberry.

Wingate says he has a broken eye socket from the attack.

Hillside police admit the attack is part of a jump in crime. They say seven violent crimes have been reported in the town over the past month.