Goon who tried to tax San Mateo teen for being on street faces five years 

The goon who punched a teenager in San Mateo for not paying a street tax — an injury that had the victim’s jaw wired shut for eight weeks — is facing up to five years in prison.

Donesh Daniel Nickravesh, 23, pleaded no contest Monday to two assault charges stemming from the mindless April 2 attack on three former Aragon High School students.

The victims were smoking cigarettes outside their apartment at The Hillsdale Gardens when they were approached by a large group of people who were drinking and making noise, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

Nickravesh asked the victims if they wanted to buy drugs, and when they declined he told them there was a tax to be on the street, Wagstaffe said. Nickravesh tried to pull the wallet from one of the victim’s pockets, and when the victim refused, he punched the teenager, the district attorney said.

The victim was hospitalized for four days and had to have surgery for a broken jaw, Wagstaffe said.

On Monday, the court declared that Nickravesh would be sentenced to no more than five years in prison. The case was continued to Nov. 17 for sentencing. He remains in custody on $100,000 bail.

Meanwhile, charges against Saurav Puri, the second suspect arrested in connection with the incident, have been dismissed due to insufficient evidence, Wagstaffe said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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