Deputy Punched in Face, Man Sought

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    SDSO

    Someone punched a San Diego County sheriff’s deputy in the face while his partner was making an arrest Saturday at the Del Mar Racetrack. Now, deputies are looking for the man they believe threw the punch.

    Deputy Matt Clay was holding back a ground of people at the track Saturday around 5 p.m. while his partner, Sgt. Marco Ramirez, was handling the arrest.

    As the deputies walked the person under arrest to the security office, someone in a crowd of people punched Deputy Clay in the face then escaped into the crowd.

    The image shown above was taken of the man believed to be the suspect, deputies said.

    Deputy Clay, a 15-year veteran of the department, was knocked to the ground by the punch, received emergency medical treatment at the track and was transported to Scripps Memorial Hospital for treatment.

    The assault caused a significant injury to Deputy Clay’s face and will require surgery, according to a news release from the sheriff’s department.

    They’re asking for the public’s help to locate the man. If you know any information, call Detective Mike Casey at (760) 966-3527.