Group suspected of brutally beating man outside PB bar

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Surveillance photo shows a group of men suspected of assaulting a man outside a Pacific Beach bar on April 1. (Crimestoppers)

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SAN DIEGO - Authorities reached out to the public Thursday for help in identifying and locating a group of men who assaulted a man outside a Pacific Beach bar then pursued him across the street and continued to punch and kick him while he was on the ground. The group of men got into an argument with the victim outside Backyard Kitchen and Tap 832 Garnet Ave., around 1:30 a.m. on April 1, according to San Diego police. "The victim was punched three times," said Lt. Shawn Takeuchi of San Diego Police. "The victim tried walking away from this now physical confrontation but was followed and was kicked and punched a number of times. The victim was knocked to the ground and sustained facial injuries." Lt. Takeuchi said the victim, a 25 year-old man, suffered broken bones to his face and required facial reconstructive surgery. It was the second of two assaults on the same block within 24 hours. Locals say they feel less safe once the sun goes down. “At night time, there’s a lot of people out," said Nik Matthews, who lives nearby. "There are some unsavory characters.” Crimestoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest.
The victim, whose age was not immediately available, was taken to a hospital for treatment of major head trauma and facial fractures, police said. No detailed suspect descriptions were immediately available. Anyone with information about the assault or the identity of the suspects was urged to call the San Diego Police Department's northern division at 858-552-1700, or San Diego County Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477. Tipsters may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.

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