A convenience store clerk who was beaten Tuesday night by several youths who stole beer later identified another person being treated at the Holy Cross Hospital emergency room as one of the assailants.

The clerk, 32, was working at a convenience store, 1353 W. Indiana Ave., about 11:50 p.m. when a group of young men walked in and grabbed a few cases of beer.As the thieves tried to exit the store, one of them threw a case of beer at the clerk, who then punched the assailant in the nose, knocking him to the ground, said robbery detective Mike Welch.

The other thieves then began beating the clerk with a piece of wood until he became dizzy and collapsed, Welch said. He was taken to Holy Cross Hospital.

A short time later, a man suffering from a broken nose came to the hospital's emergency room. The clerk recognized him as one of the beer bandits - the one he had hit in the face - and notified the staff, who called police, Welch said.

The man with the broken nose, 18, was treated, then booked into jail for investigation of aggravated robbery and aggravated assault.

The clerk was listed in fair condition Wednesday.