Warrants out for Bakers Dozen attacks 

District Attorney Kamala Harris issued felony warrants for Brian Dwyer and Richard Aicardi of San Francisco, both 19, for allegedly assaulting Evan Gogel and William Bailey, two members of the Yale a cappella singing group Baker’s Dozen. No suspect has been named for the most vicious assault.

The arrests came more than two months after the New Year’s Eve melee involving Yale University singers sparked nationwide headlines and criticism of the Police Department’s handling of the case. Members of the Baker’s Dozen were allegedly attacked after attending a party hosted by the daughter of two San Francisco police officers.

Rose Dawydiak-Rapagnani, 19, organized the party with a friend and invited the singing group. Her parents, San Francisco police Sgt. Leanna Dawydiak and retired San Francisco police Sgt. Reno Rapagnani, were out for the evening, but other family members stayed in an adjoining residence, Leanna Dawydiak said in a January interview.

Aicardi, who had reportedly crashed the party, allegedly directed anti-gay slurs at the students — who were dressed in sport jackets, ties and khakis — when they sang "The Star-Spangled

Banner" at midnight. He then allegedly summoned a large group of friends by telephone and joined them in attacking the students outside.

Several students were injured in the attack, including 18-year-old Sharyar Aziz, a Yale freshman, whose jaw was broken. Neither of the men for whom warrants were issued Monday was charged with breaking Aziz’s jaw.

"While we do not have enough evidence today to proceed in the vicious attack on Mr. Aziz, we are not ruling out the possibility of a potential criminal charge," District Attorney Kamala Harris said in a statement Monday.

Because the attack on Aziz happened away from the party and away from the other members of the Yale group, a positive identification could not be made on his attacker, authorities said Monday.

Aicardi was reportedly wearing a Santa hat and a Hawaiian shirt, making him easier to identify, a source close to the case said. Dwyer admitted to participating in the assault, sources said.

Aicardi’s lawyer, Frank Passaglia, did not respond to requests for comment Monday.

Dwyer and Aicardi had not been taken into custody as of press time Monday. Aicardi’s bail was to be set at $120,000 and Dwyer’s at $80,000, District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Debbie Mesloh said.

Disbelief at lack of charges in most serious injury

The Yale student who sustained the worst injuries during the New Year’s Eve attack on members of a school singing group has returned to the university and is taking his exams as his parents continue to express frustration over how the investigation was handled.

When District Attorney Kamala Harris announced Monday that there were charges filed in the high-profile attack, the news that no charges were filed in connection to their son’s injuries spread quickly to the parents of 18-year-old Yale freshman Sharyar Aziz Jr. The attack left his jaw broken in two places.

His mother, Laura Aziz, who had just learned of the announcement in a phone conversation with her husband, said, "I’m a little dismayed. I don’t understand the inability to file charges on the others."

The New Year’s Eve assault gained much publicity as it involved wealthy East Coast families whose sons were members of the renowned Yale University singing group, the Baker’s Dozen. Also, it wasn’t long after the assault that victims and their families began criticizing the San Francisco Police Department for not moving quickly enough on the investigation or for not taking the incident seriously enough.

Aziz’s father, Sharyar Aziz, reaffirmed his criticism of San Francisco’s law enforcement. "I’m extremely frustrated and disappointed that no charges were brought against any of the individuals who assaulted my son," he said. "There has been plenty of time for investigation."

His parents said their son’s injuries have improved since the assault. "He’s getting better. His wire was removed as of two weeks ago. He’s getting most of his mobility back. He’s eating," Laura Aziz said. "It could have been a lot worse. The fact that he got a broken jaw instead of brain damage is just a matter of luck of where the feet landed."

Both parents were optimistic that charges would eventually be filed. "I’m hopeful that evidence will emerge or be uncovered with respect to the violent assault on my son," Sharyar Aziz said. "We will persist in our endeavor to bring the assailants to justice. My son was nearly killed."

-Joshua Sabatini



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