SALT LAKE CITY — Police are searching for two men who they believe assaulted a cab driver and stole the man's vehicle.

The cab driver picked up the two men near 200 North and 800 West around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Salt Lake police reported. The passengers asked to be driven to 1955 W. North Temple.

As they arrived at their destination, the cab driver was "struck in the back of the head with a blunt object," police said. The two men continued to hit the cab driver until he was able to get out and run away.

Police said the suspects then tried to run over the cab driver before driving south on Redwood Road. The cab was found Wednesday morning near 500 North and 800 West.

The cab driver suffered lacerations to his head and was transported to an area hospital for treatment. Don Barron, an owner of Yellow Cab Utah, said the driver was later released. As of Wednesday morning, he was at home resting.

"We're concerned about the driver, concerned about everybody," Barron said. "It's just bad for us, bad for the driver (and) bad for all the customers."

Barron said it's been seven years since a similar incident has occurred to one of his drivers. Still, it's hard to reassure other drivers that this won't happen again.

"The risk is always there," he said.

The driver did not get a close look at the suspects, so police have taken the cabs into evidence and are hoping the vehicles will provide some insight.