Days after a brutal beating right before the San Francisco 49ers game sent him to the ground, a man remains in critical condition and is partially paralyzed, Santa Clara officials say.
Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Deborah Hernandez says that the victim and his cousin were waiting in line to use the facilities inside one of the men's restrooms at Levi's Stadium Sunday, ABC7 reports. But when the victim tapped 27-year-old Amador Robellero on the shoulder to let him know a bathroom stall was available, Robellero allegedly responded by punching him, knocking him to the ground, as you likely saw in the YouTube video of the incident.
When the victim's cousin stepped forward to aid him, Robellero's brother, 34-year-old Dario, allegedly joined in the scrum, dragging him along the floor and hitting him again and again.
“These victims were beaten like animals,” Hernandez said in a press conference outside the Santa Clara County courthouse, CBS5 reports. The first victim in the attack "has suffered severe injuries," she said. "He has some bleeding to the brain. He has had to have partial skull removal to relieve some of that pressure. He is currently suffering some paralysis.”
According to KTVU, numerous witnesses said that the Robellero's attack on the men was completely unprovoked, with one saying that he believed that the men were "gangsters."
Both of the Robelleros have tattoos that indicate that they are Norteno gang members, KTVU reports.
These assertions stand in sharp contrast to remarks one family member of the Robelleros made earlier this week, when she said that the attack was ignited by racist remarks made by the victims.
"It's not like them, that's not how they are, that's not them," another family member said earlier this week.
Both of the Robelleros have been charged with felony assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury. Amador has also been charged with an additional count of felony assault producing paralysis. They remain in custody, Amador on $350,000 bond and Dario on $75,000 bail, and are expected to enter a plea as of October 30.