A man who had been out drinking in downtown Palo Alto bars was attacked and beaten in the head with a bat or stick near Pizza My Heart restaurant at University Avenue and Emerson Street early Wednesday morning (Dec. 14), according to police.
But rather than going to the hospital, he returned to the bars to drink before seeking medical aid, Palo Alto police Agent Marianna Villaescusa said Wednesday.
The victim later showed up at a hospital emergency room and was treated by staff, who called police to report the assault at 1:53 a.m. Police are investigating the crime as an assault with a deadly weapon. The attacker is described as a Hispanic male, age 20 to 25, but no other information was available, Villaescusa said.
The attack is not the first in the area that was alcohol-related. Another man, Kyle Hobbs, was stabbed in the chest outside Pizza My Heart on April 3 at about 2:20 a.m., after coming to the aid of his girlfriend, Ashleigh Lane. She was punched in the face during a disturbance involving the alleged attacker, Tofia Kavapalu Jr., 28, of East Palo Alto.
Kavapalu was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and an allegation of using a knife, a felony, and a misdemeanor battery charge. He pleaded guilty on August 11 and was sentenced on Oct, 27 to three years formal probation and 1 year in county jail with 184 days credit.
Hobbs sustained a collapsed right lung and was treated at Stanford Hospital for three days, according to court records.