The MAGA-hat wearing suspect in last Friday's sword slashing outside the Church of 8 Wheels roller disco has been found and arrested.
The suspect, 30-year-old Leor Bergland, was arrested Wednesday night inside a Tenderloin restaurant, as the Examiner reports. He's currently being held on $1 million bail, and he's been booked on suspicion of attempted murder, mayhem, aggravated assault, carrying a concealed dirk or dagger, and brandishing a weapon.
And despite reports on Monday that the victim in the case was in critical condition with a partially severed hand, he has apparently been bandaged up and has been released from the hospital.
The victim has only been identified as a 27-year-old man from Berkeley.
The incident occurred around 9:50 p.m. last Friday outside the church-turned-roller rink at Fillmore and Fell Streets. The suspect allegedly had been hovering around patrons outside and yelling homophobic slurs, among other things, before he was confronted by the victim. According to witnesses, the victim possibly flipped off the subject, and flipped the Make America Great Again hat off of his head. This was when the suspect allegedly pulled a sword from a sheath behind him and slashed the victim severely in the hand, causing an excess of blood to be spilled on the street. The victim and another person then chased the subject down the street, but he again turned on them and they retreated.
It's unclear what led police to the suspect.
Roller disco organizer David Miles said the suspect had not entered the premises, and after he posted photos of the MAGA hat and the blood on the ground, he was bombarded on social media with Trump-supporting conspiracy theorists who immediately denied that the incident happened.