San Francisco police release sketch of Candlestick Park bathroom attack suspect 

Police released a sketch Thursday of the suspect wanted in a cowardly Candlestick Park bathroom assault.

The suspect beat a 26-year-old San Rafael man into unconsciousness during Saturday’s particularly rowdy  preseason game between the 49ers and Raiders that saw more battles in the stands than on the field, police said.

The vicious fan fighting has league officials considering ending the preseason matchup dubbed “Battle of the Bay.”

The San Rafael victim was assaulted in the bathroom outside section upper reserve 54/56. He was suddenly grabbed by the neck and shoved violently into the wall next to a stall, police at Bayview Station said.



He fell, hitting his head and losing consciousness. The suspect immediately fled. A game usher told cops, who closed the bathroom and made it a crime scene.

While the victim was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, police interviewed witnesses that were able to describe the suspect in detail.

Police have described the suspect as a Pacific Islander man, between 6 foot 3 inches and 6 foot 5 inches tall, and weighing 225 to 260 pounds. He had a goatee and long curly hair tied up in a ponytail, and was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans.

The victim’s condition has since improved.

There were two bathroom assaults during the game. Twenty minutes earlier, a man standing in line was suddenly struck from behind in the back of the head and knocked out, according to police.

Along with the bathroom beatdowns, there were two shootings outside the stadium, numerous brawls in the stands and one drunken fan bit into a San Francisco cop’s forearm and refused to let go, police said.

Police booked 12 people into jail Saturday, while the average is one or two per game.

There are normally seven to 10 calls made for an ambulance but Saturday saw 50 such calls and the number of public intoxications more than doubled, San Francisco police Chief Greg Suhr said.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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