Suspect freed in Cow Hollow bar fight case after victim refuses to talk 

The case against a Martinez man accused of seriously injuring a Cow Hollow bar patron after body-slamming him to the ground early Sunday has been discharged pending further investigation after the victim refused to cooperate, the District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday.

Paul Bennett Riley, 22, was arrested Sunday on charges of assault with a deadly weapon after he reportedly used the wrestling move on the victim during an argument, police Officer Albie Esparza said Monday.

The two men were in a bar in the 1900 block of Union Street about 1 a.m. when the victim reportedly bumped into Riley, police said. The two men exchanged words and, as the victim attempted to walk away, Riley allegedly grabbed him and body-slammed him to the ground, knocking the victim unconscious.

The victim apparently landed on his face, Esparza said, and was hospitalized in critical condition after reportedly suffering facial fractures and possible brain trauma. The victim’s condition seems to be improving, but he is not cooperating with the investigation.

The two men reportedly did not know each other. Riley was released pending further investigation.

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