HEMPSTEAD - Police say a man was stabbed more than a dozen times and beaten with a belt at a Hempstead restaurant.

The incident happened early yesterday morning in the parking lot of El Mariachi Restaurant on Fulton Avenue. 

Detectives say the 38-year-old victim and a friend were attacked by eight to 10 people. The man was stabbed 14 times.

Officials say the victim is expected to recover.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.