Police are appealing for public assistance after a man was assaulted with an axe at Nowra.
About 12.15am on Saturday, a 20-year-old man was walking in a supermarket car park in Morton Parade, when he was approached by four males, who asked for a cigarette.
The man refused and they all became involved in a verbal argument, police said.
The 20-year-old man ran away and the men followed him and assaulted him.
He ran away again and managed to hide in a nearby unit.
Police from Shoalhaven Local Area Command attended and saw the man had a large cut on his buttocks.
He believed he had been assaulted with a small axe.
The man was taken to Shoalhaven District Hospital for treatment.
There is no description of the males available at this time.