As many as five people are believed to have been involved in the carjacking and assault of a Somerset man early Wednesday.

Authorities said Thursday they do not believe the incident to be a random crime, although they say they still are not sure why Wayne Beeghly was beaten.

Beeghly, 65, of McKinley Drive, was hospitalized after he was assaulted in the driveway of a home near Route 30, state police have confirmed.

“There’s the proof and evidence,” a man at the home said, pointing to dried blood at the end of the driveway.

The Tribune-Democrat is withholding names of those believed to be involved until state police sort through their investigation.

Police are looking into why Beeghly was parked at the house at 1 a.m. Wednesday and why he was beaten, leaving a bloody trail.

Beeghly, a Somerset landlord, said Thursday that his assailants got away with at least $40. “They were beating me and saying, ‘We want the rest. We want the rest.’ But I didn’t have any more.”

A witness said Beeghly fled to a neighboring house after the assault, while his car was driven by someone who lived at the home to the Jenner Township Municipal Building. It was found later by a township worker.

A resident at the home said he and another man struck the Somerset man, and that Beeghly’s account that he was robbed is untrue.

State police are investigating the motives provided by the two.

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