San Diego Police Department

Man Sought in Mission Beach Skateboard Attack

The victim suffered severe head injuries including a brain bleed in the May 31 attack, which happened near a car full of children

Investigators are searching for a suspect accused of repeatedly hitting a man with a skateboard in Mission Beach, rendering him unconscious in the brutal attack.

According to the San Diego Police Department (SDPD), the assault happened on May 31 at around 5 p.m. in a parking lot in the 2600 block of Mission Boulevard.

The victim was delivering wood pallets to a bonfire pit along the rock jetty wall on the south side of the lot and parked his truck next to a silver-colored SUV.

Inside the SUV was a man, a woman and four children between the ages of 4 and 9, plus a Chihuahua. The man in the SUV got out and began talking with the victim.

Police said their conversation went on for about 30 minutes before it turned violent. For unknown reasons, the man from the SUV began striking the victim on his head with a skateboard, hitting him multiple times until he was unconscious.

The suspect got back into the SUV and fled the scene with the woman, children, and dog in tow.

Police said the victim was taken to a hospital with severe head injuries, including a brain bleed.

Mark Herring, of the SDPD, said the victim survived the beating and has since been released from the hospital. He’s currently being treated at an inpatient recovery center.

Nearly two months after the attack, the suspect remains at large.

The SDPD said the suspect was possibly in a 2005 to 2010 Honda CRV or Toyota Rav4. He is described as being in his mid-30s, 5-foot-10, and weighing around 190 pounds. He wore a gray tank top and blue jeans. The woman in the SUV had blonde hair, police said.

The investigation is ongoing; anyone with information on this case can reach out to SDPD’s Northern Division at (858) 552-1726 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.

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