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Man falls, breaks cheek bone during Gaslamp assault, police say

Posted at 2:45 PM, Apr 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-18 17:49:18-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Police are searching for the suspect they say punched a man in the face outside a Gaslamp hotel.

According to police, the incident happened around 2:30 a.m. on March 15 outside the Andaz Hotel.

Police say the victim was standing outside the hotel when he was approached by a group of five men who were walking by the hotel.

For an unknown reason, police say one of the men walked up to the victim and punched him in the face, causing the man to stumble backwards.

Once the victim stood back, police say the man walked back and punched him again in the face, causing the victim to fall over and hit his head on the ground.

Police say the victim suffered a broken cheek bone and, as a result of the incident, had to have surgery to his skull including the placement of a metal plate.

The suspects fled the scene after the victim fell to the ground.

The suspect is described as a black man in his early 20s with a muscular build, short hair, a goatee and had multiple tattoos on his right and left arms. During the incident, he was wearing a white shirt, black pants and black sneakers.

Anyone with information is asked to call San Diego Police at 619-744-9536 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at 888-580-8477.