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San Rafael Police Department

San Rafael Police Department

For Immediate Release

Author: Sergeant Justin Graham
Date: September 13, 2021 9:30 AM
Case Number: SR21-05926

Suspect Sought in Freeway Overcrossing Physical Altercation

San Rafael, CA – On Sunday, September 12th, 2021, SRPD received reports of a suspect punching a man during a political rally on the US-101 freeway Coleman pedestrian overcrossing.  The suspect fled before police arrival and is wanted on charges of assault with a deadly weapon and assault resulting in great bodily injury.  The suspect is described as a 25 to 35-year-old white male adult, 5 foot 11-inches to 6 foot tall, 180 to 190 pounds, shoulder-length curly red/blond hair, wearing a light-colored – possibly blue or green shirt, blue jeans, and blue baseball hat.

At 3:20 PM, the California Highway Patrol transferred a 9-1-1 call to the San Rafael Police Department reporting a physical altercation on the Coleman pedestrian crossing over the US-101 freeway.  The initial report stated that a male subject was punching and kicking an older adult male and was then observed fleeing the overcrossing heading east toward the Coleman School area of San Rafael.  Two additional 9-1-1 calls were made to SRPD reporting the same.

SRPD Officers arrived on the scene and located several witnesses along with the male victim on the ground who had been assaulted.  The San Rafael Fire Department was also dispatched to the scene to assist the victim. 

During the preliminary investigation, it was learned that several people were on the Coleman pedestrian overcrossing to promote their political viewpoints. The participants had posted several banners on the chain-link fence.  Just before 3:20 PM, the above-described suspect walked onto the pedestrian overcrossing from the east side and began cutting down the banners with a knife.

While the suspect was cutting down one of the banners, he was confronted by the victim.  The two men began to argue and push each other.  The altercation escalated when the suspect began to punch the victim several times and caused the victim to fall to the ground.

After assaulting the victim, the suspect left, walking back toward the east side of the overcrossing.  SRPD Officers searched for the suspect and were unable to locate him.  It is believed the suspect left in a vehicle in an unknown direction.

The victim was transported to a local area hospital, where he was treated for his injuries. 

SRPD is actively investigating this case and is asking for the public’s assistance.  Anyone who can identify or who knows the suspect is encouraged to call the police department.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call San Rafael Police at (415) 485-3000. Tips can also be made online at http://www.srpd.org/tips.

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Posted: September 13, 2021 9:23 PDT by Sergeant Justin Graham

Updated: September 13, 2021 9:31 PDT by Justin Graham

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