Tripping during the Zazzle Bay to Breakers not only kept a man from reaching the finish line, but it landed him in jail.
Daniel Frank, 21, of Santa Clara is facing serious charges after allegedly taking a hard drug, possibly LSD, during the zany 12-kilometer footrace. Police said he went wacko along the racecourse, ripping out a woman’s hair, attacking other participants and tearing off a police officer’s badge while resisting arrest Sunday in Golden Gate Park.
“He began spitting at the officer and ripped his star off,” police Officer Albie Esparza said.
Wearing a tie-dyed shirt and aqua-blue bicycle shorts, Frank was in rare form about 12:30 p.m. Sunday, authorities said. He was allegedly exposing his private parts and attacking people at random on John F. Kennedy Drive.
Frank “very violently” and without provocation ripped hair off a woman’s head, Esparza said. A bag of hair was booked into evidence, prosecutors said. He then allegedly threw another female to the ground and assaulted good Samaritans who tried to intervene, including a security guard.
Frank also reportedly assaulted a female medic.
He pleaded not guilty Wednesday to six felonies and three misdemeanors related to the violent meltdown, Assistant District Attorney Alex Bastian said. The charges include resisting arrest and vandalism for allegedly destroying park plant life.
Frank is scheduled to return to court June 1, Bastian said.
Police are hunting for suspects in the beating at Golden Gate Park on Sunday that critically injured a 31-year-old man after the Zazzle Bay to Breakers race.
The victim and his friends had participated in the race earlier in the day, all dressed as troll dolls, police said. Another nearby group of about 12 people also was dressed up for the event.
An argument between the two groups ensued, and a man from the second group snuck up on the victim and punched him, police said. The victim struck his head as he hit the ground and lost consciousness. He has yet to wake up.
Police are asking any of the numerous possible witnesses in the Sharon Meadow area that day to come forward with information on the attack. Witnesses can call the department at (415) 575-4444.
— Rob Nagle