More details in Bay to Breakers flip-out case 

click to enlarge Many peacefully ran the Bay to Breakers, while others reportedly had frightening encounters. - SF EXAMINER FILE PHOTO
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  • Many peacefully ran the Bay to Breakers, while others reportedly had frightening encounters.

He should have stuck to just the grass.

Police have released more details in the case of a Santa Clara man who allegedly went on a bizarre drug-fueled rampage at this year’s Zazzle Bay to Breakers on May 20.

Daniel Frank, 21, of Santa Clara was reportedly seen talking to himself and eating grass before he ripped out a chunk of a woman’s hair for no apparent reason and assaulted several other people — and also spat blood on a security guard.

Wearing a tie-dye shirt and aqua-blue bicycle shorts, Frank was seen just before 12:25 p.m. in Golden Gate Park “talking to himself and eating grass” in the area of John F. Kennedy Drive and Eighth Avenue, police said. The strange behavior prompted a woman nearby to move to another location.

That move, police said, apparently irked Frank because he stunned the woman by grabbing her hair, lifting her off the ground and dragging her across the lawn.

Frank ripped out whole chunks, police said. A bag of hair was submitted as evidence.

Police said Frank also kicked the woman’s dog.

“The victim was screaming at him to stop, and at one point he let go and walked around the victim and kicked her dog,” the Park Police Station reported. “He then picked up the dog and threw him. However, the dog was on a leash and was jerked back.”

A second woman tried to intervene, police said, but Frank grabbed her by the hair and chucked her to the ground.

Other bystanders ripped Frank off the woman, police said, but he managed to slip away. At one point, police said, he punched a security guard and spat blood on him.

Police were flagged down by witnesses. When they arrived at the scene, “numerous pedestrians were pointing to a male wearing a tie-dye shirt,” police said. Frank allegedly “violently” fought with the officers and spat at them.

“Officers called for additional units to assist them while the suspect continued to fight and scream incoherently,” police said.

Last week, Frank pleaded not guilty to six felonies, including assault, battery, false imprisonment and resisting arrest, Assistant District Attorney Alex Bastian said, and also three misdemeanors.

He is scheduled to return to court Friday.

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