A HORRIFIED wife heard her husband struggle with a masked attacker during a phone call home.
The brutal night-time assault left the 44-year-old victim with a fractured skull and suspected broken nose.
He was walking through the car park of the Rose and Crown pub in Northgate, Almondbury, just after midnight on Friday.
As he chatted to his wife on his mobile phone, a stranger stepped in front of him and demanded the phone and some cash.
The pair scuffled for some moments, before stepping apart.
The victim then suddenly lost consciousness. He woke up on the pavement, to find himself being cared for by his wife and ambulance crews.
His phone had been stolen.
Det Insp Sam Cooke, of Huddersfield CID, said: "The man was just going about his business. This is an appalling incident.
He added: "I am sure somebody will have seen this. We are urging anybody who was in that area at the time to come forward."
The suspect was a white man aged between 18 and 20. He was wearing a ski mask and had short, cropped hair.
Police want to trace an elderly white man, who they believe may have seen the entire incident.
They are urging him to come forward, as he could hold vital clues.
Anyone with information should phone Det Con Peter Wilson at the CID robbery team on 01484 436582.