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.