Vallejo City Worker Brutally Attacked by Mob
Alan Wang and Terry McSweeney, KGO-TV (San Francisco), February 3, 2010
Dozens of teenagers saw it happen in broad daylight, but no one has come forward to identify the mob of young people who beat up a Vallejo city worker. Police have released surveillance video to generate tips.
The attack happened in front of two cameras on Feb. 1 at approximately 3:19 p.m.
Surveillance video from Britton’s Mini Mart near Vallejo High School shows the 46-year-old city of Vallejo worker in a back hoe being hit with rocks by some kids. He then drives back to the location at Nebraska and Broadway streets to confront the kids who begin attacking the man. The city worker gets knocked down and eventually a crowd of up to 40 people begin beating the man while he is on the ground.
The victim, a 20-year city employee, was transported to Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Vallejo where he is being treated for his injuries. Police say the mob fractured his skull, broke his jaw and collarbone, and knocked several teeth out of his mouth.
On top of it all, they went through his pockets and stole his wallet, all while people cheered in front of another camera from a bystander who shot video. Police have already identified several suspects in the video, but they are also offering $1,000 for the arrest and conviction of any other suspects who took part in this mob beating.
“That’s the way it is out here every morning,” Vallejo resident Leonardo Morazan said. “I even went and talked to the principals before last year. About a year or two years ago they jumped my son. They stole everything from him. I had to go inside and say, ‘You know, this needs to stop.”
A fellow city worker is one of many asking questions. He did not want his identity shown for fear of retribution.
“Where is the mayor of Vallejo? Where is his statement, or anybody in the community? There’s no outrage. They act like this is an everyday occurrence, that this is OK to happen,” he said.
The outrage is provoked by the video shot at Britton’s Mini Mart where the incident happened. Owner Kamal Sandhu says crimes like this are a common occurrence.
[The video of this attack shows the attackers to be black; see it here.]