Palo Alto man dies after fight at downtown San Jose restaurant


Police are investigating the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of a man who was in a fight at a downtown San Jose restaurant and taken to a Palo Alto hospital early Saturday morning, a police spokesman said.

Police have not released his name, but he was identified today as a 24-year-old Palo Alto man, Sgt. Enrique Garcia said.

Around 4:50 a.m., Palo Alto police notified officers in San Jose of a man who was taken to Stanford Medical Center with head trauma, Garcia said.

Stanford medical staff pronounced the man dead that morning, Garcia said.

A preliminary investigation indicates the man was involved in a fight at Myth Taverna & Lounge located at 152 Post St. in San Jose, according to Garcia.

He was taken to Stanford a few hours after the fight, Garcia said.

The Santa Clara County Coroner's Office said on Tuesday afternoon that it was not releasing the name of the man until cleared to do so by San Jose police.

Anyone who witnessed the fight or has information on where the victim was before reaching Stanford is asked to call San Jose police Detective Sgt. Raul Martinez or Detective Jorge Santiago at 408-277-5283.

Those who wish to remain anonymous may call Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers at 408-947-STOP (7867). Tipsters may be eligible for a cash reward if the information leads to an arrest and conviction of the suspect.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 31, 2015 at 9:33 pm

Why was he brought from San Jose to Stanford?

If he was seriously injured should he not have been taken to the closest hospital?

Unless his injury was unusual or severe, the nearest hospital would make most sense.

Unless of course the suspicious circumstances are that there was a delay in taking him to hospital at first.

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Posted by parent
a resident of Gunn High School
on Mar 31, 2015 at 9:45 pm

Internal injuries or brain injuries may not exhibit obvious symptoms immediately. He may have passed out or started vomiting blood after he got home.

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Posted by Sadstory
a resident of University South
on Mar 31, 2015 at 10:11 pm

Very sad. from what I heard, he was not taken to the hospital immediately as his friends didn't realize the seriousness of the injuries he sustained. Will miss seeing him walking around the neighborhood. Always friendly.

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Posted by Gary
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Apr 1, 2015 at 4:05 am

Sometimes people need to learn not to associate themselves with others who cause harm. If you avoid having sketchy associated you can avoid these situations. The man involved should have de escalated the situation, but instead chose to escalate it it which here had very tragic consequences. As sad as it is, there are some important lessons to be learned from this tale that are applicable to palo altos youth.

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Posted by John
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 1, 2015 at 10:49 am

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Posted by Spectator at Large
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Apr 2, 2015 at 10:48 am

Spectator at Large is a registered user.

@Gary Yes you are probably right about this having some lessons to be learned by Palo Alto's youth. When it comes to alcohol, a young person's brain is not fully developed until they reach the age of 25 Alcohol, the socially accepted "drug" as well as other prescription, non-prescription and plain old recreational drugs such as marijuana have the ability to alter the brains of our youth.

I would suspect that what is not being reported is that this young man was paralytically drunk (no blood alcohol is give) and was probably taken home by a friend who did not deliver him to the hospital until it was too late. Sad.

We need to have better education at our high schools about the dangers of using alcohol and other drugs. Performance enhancing drugs (adderall etc.) are being used at high levels by our youth trying to stay in the competition to get into the most prestigious universities . Very sad state we are in right now.

It isn't any mystery why our children are dying in this toxic mix that has had the fuel of drugs poured on it.

I hope that we get more information about this case as it is very difficult to put the pieces together from this story.

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Posted by Sparty
a resident of another community
on Apr 2, 2015 at 11:11 am

Sparty is a registered user.

If you read yelp reviews--and believe them-- the bouncers at the bar are in the habit of roughing up customers. Sounds like a bad place.

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