A 51-year-old man was hospitalized after he was assaulted during an argument over a stolen cell phone outside a Capitol Hill convenience store, D.C. police said.

The assault happened outside the 7-Eleven store at 8th Street and Maryland Avenue NE Thursday about 10 p.m., Criminal Investigation Division Cmdr. George Kucik said at a Tuesday news conference.

The trouble began as the victim stood at the counter buying cigarettes and a male walked by and snatched the customer’s cell phone, according to a police report. The 51-year-old man followed the thief and two other male suspects out of the store and argument ensued.

The verbal confrontation led to a physical fight that left the man with injuries that caused him to be hospitalized, Kucik said. The injuries included a laceration in the back of his head and his top lip, according to the report.

Police have reviewed surveillance video and believe they have identified the suspects, Kucik said.

Clarence Williams is the night police reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the better part of 13 years standing next to crime scene tape, riding in police cars or waking officials in the middle of night to gather information about breaking news in and around Washington.