Preppy punks’ photos released in brutal beating 

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Police hope photos of suspects released Thursday will help lead to arrests in the brutal beating of a 23-year-old Hayward man who tried to stop a group of preppy-looking thugs from bothering women on Polk Street in January.

Doctors say the victim, who was beaten even after being knocked to the ground, might not fully recover from the Jan. 29 attack at Polk and Elm streets, police Officer Carlos Manfredi said Thursday.

About 2 a.m., police said, the victim left a club with friends and saw a group of men coming on too strong to a group of women. He tried to intervene, but was punched, knocked to the ground and then kicked repeatedly, Manfredi said.

Witnesses told police the suspects fled down Elm Street toward Van Ness Avenue and hopped into a pickup truck that drove away northbound.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the victim remains in the hospital. He has been released from the hospital, but still might now fully recover from his injuries, according to police.

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