DAWSON CREEK -- An assault victim covered in blood was mistaken for a carjacker in the Canadian Tire parking lot in Dawson Creek.

The incident happened on Monday around 8:30pm

The Dawson Creek RCMP said the victim was an oil and gas employee.

He was staying at a nearby hotel with a co worker when they got into a heated argument.

The argument escalated and one of the men struck the other in the head with an unknown weapon.

The victim suffered a large cut on his scalp.

The man escaped and ran to the Canadian Tire parking lot looking for help.

He opened a car door and approached a driver who thought the victim was a carjacker.

Shortly afterwards, the man was rushed to hospital by ambulance.

He received over 20 staples in his head.

The investigation into the alleged assault is ongoing.