Suspect in S.F. beating turns self in 

A suspect in the New Year’s Eve beating of Yale vocal chorus members turned himself over to police custody Tuesday, but another suspect in the case remains at large.

Brian Dwyer, 19, surrendered himself to Millbrae police the day after a warrant was issued for his arrest. He is charged with one count of felony assault and one count of battery with an enhancement for causing "great bodily injury" to Yale student Evan Gogel. Dwyer was released on $80,000 bail Tuesday.

Richard Aicardi, also 19 and another suspect in the case, had not turned himself over to authorities as of press time. Aicardi faces two counts of felony assault and one count of battery, with a great bodily injury enhancement, for allegedly attacking Gogel and William Baily, another student.

The two defendants allegedly participated in a group attack on the Baker’s Dozen a cappella singing group after they attended a New Year’s Eve party hosted by the daughter of retired San Francisco police Sgt. Reno Rapagnani and Sgt. Leanna Dawydiak at their Richmond district home.

Aicardi allegedly led taunts at the group as the chorus sang the "The Star-Spangled Banner" at midnight, then called a group of friends, who helped him beat up several members of the singing group.

"This was a cowardly attack on defenseless victims," San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris said in a statement Monday.

Dwyer’s lawyer, Tony Brass, said on Tuesday that the circumstances were not so clear.

"This case involves young people; it’s New Year’s Eve; it involves alcohol," he said.

No charges have been filed in the assault on Sharyar Aziz, 19, a Baker’s Dozen member who suffered a broken jaw — the most severe injury in the alleged attack. Harris said Monday that there was not sufficient evidence to make a positive identification of a suspect in court.

If convicted, Dwyer faces up to seven years in prison. A date has not yet been set for his arraignment.

Aicardi faces up to eight years in prison if he is convicted. His bail will be $120,000, District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Debbie Mesloh said Monday.

amartin@examiner.com

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