Fan at­tacked in park­ing lot af­ter 49ers game in crit­i­cal con­di­tion

The Mercury News - - Local News - By Mark Gomez mgomez@ ba­yare­anews­ Con­tact Mark Gomez at 408-920-5869.

SANTA CLARA >> A 33-yearold San Jose man is in crit­i­cal con­di­tion af­ter he was punched twice by a Madera man in a Levi’s Sta­dium park­ing lot fol­low­ing Sun­day’s 49ers game against the Ari­zona Car­di­nals, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

The in­ci­dent took place Sun­day fol­low­ing the 49ers loss to Ari­zona in the Levi’s Sta­dium park­ing lot at the cor­ner of Great Amer­ica Park­way and Tas­man Drive, ac­cord­ing to Santa Clara po­lice. A 33-year-old man was walk­ing through the park­ing lot with his friends when he kicked a bot­tle that was ly­ing in the park­ing lot. The bot­tle landed near an­other man, who ap­proached the vic­tim and punched him once in the face, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

The vic­tim im­me­di­ately fell to the ground. The vic­tim slowly got back up on his feet and walked away from the sus­pect, who punched the man a se­cond time in the head, po­lice said. The vic­tim fell to the ground a se­cond time. Mo­ments later, the sus­pect fled in a ve­hi­cle.

Po­lice of­fi­cers as­signed to the sta­dium re­sponded to the call, which was orig­i­nally re­ported as a med­i­cal sit­u­a­tion. Of­fi­cers briefly in­ter­viewed the vic­tim, who was co­op­er­a­tive and con­scious. The man was trans­ported to a hospi­tal for ad­di­tional test­ing and ob­ser­va­tion.

Po­lice said they “have no in­for­ma­tion to be­lieve that team loy­alty played any role in the as­sault.”

While at the hospi­tal, the vic­tim’s in­juries were fully eval­u­ated as his con­di­tion wors­ened. He is cur­rently listed in crit­i­cal con­di­tion, po­lice said.

“It wasn’t un­til much later, we checked back with hospi­tal, and found out the sever­ity of his in­juries,” po­lice Capt. Wahid Kazem said. “That kicked the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into high gear. It had gone from what ap­peared to be a sim­ple bat­tery to some­thing that was sig­nif­i­cantly more.”

Santa Clara po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tors iden­ti­fied David Aguil­era Gon­za­les as the sus­pect in the as­sault. Gon­za­les was ar­rested early Tues­day morn­ing near his home and booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on felony charges of as­sault caus­ing great bod­ily in­jury and bat­tery with se­ri­ous bod­ily in­jury, ac­cord­ing to Santa Clara po­lice.

The as­sault Sun­day is one of the more vi­o­lent at­tacks that have oc­curred dur­ing or af­ter 49ers games at Levi’s Sta­dium. In 2014, two Cen­tral Valley broth­ers at­tacked two Nin­ers fans in­side a bath­room at Levi’s, an at­tack that was recorded by cell phone video and went vi­ral. Both men were con­victed for their roles in the at­tack.

In Septem­ber 2015, a video of a group of San Fran­cisco 49ers fans kick­ing and punch­ing a man wear­ing a Min­nesota Vikings jersey fol­low­ing a Mon­day night game went vi­ral.

Any­one that may have wit­nessed the in­ci­dent Sun­day or with in­for­ma­tion in­volv­ing this crime is asked to con­tact De­tec­tive Sgt. Nick Richards at 408-6154814.


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