Police Look For Assailants Who Left OC Man in Coma

Two sets of friends ended up in the altercation in downtown Fullerton near its busy bar scene

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    While 26-year-old Irvin Infante remains in a coma after nearly dying from a brutal beating outside a downtown Fullerton bar, police are hoping to find any video of the incident that might lead them to his attackers. Hetty Chang reports for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014. (Published Friday, Aug 29, 2014)

    Fullerton police are looking for two suspects who allegedly assaulted three men last weekend along a popular street in downtown, leaving one victim in a coma.

    According to police, three men were in the 100 block of North Harbor Boulevard outside of the Tuscany Bar downtown in the early morning hours of Aug. 23 when two other men accosted them.

    All were leaving downtown’s busy bar scene when the chaos erupted.

    “The primary suspect believed the victim made some sort of comment or advance toward his girlfriend. Shortly after those comments were made, a fight ensued between the victim group and the two suspects,” said Det. Jose Arana of the Fullerton Police Department.

    When the fight broke out, and 26-year-old Irvin Ynfante was punched in the face and fell to the ground, hitting his head. He remains hospitalized and in a coma at a local hospital. One of Ynfante’s friends dislocated his shoulder and another sustained cuts and bruises.

    The two men police believe started the fight fled the scene of the assault, and while surveillance video captured the chaotic scene, it did not record the actual assault. Arana said he believes multiple witnesses captured the incident and the suspects on cell phone video.

    “Everybody tends to take photos and videos with their cell phones, so we are hoping somebody did take photos or videos of this incident.

    Arana also said alcohol likely played a role in the altercation.

    “At the time this incident took place, is where hundreds of people are exiting our downtown bar area, and hundreds of people are under the influence of alcohol - some are severely under the influence of alcohol. That’s extremely problematic,” he said.

    The first suspect was described as a man about 6 feet tall, weighing about 210 pounds with a muscular build. He is in his mid-20s with brown, spiked hair. He was clean shaven, with light brown eyes and was wearing a white, long-sleeve, collared button-down shirt. Witnesses said he had a deep voice.

    The second suspect was described as a man about 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing about 180 pounds.He is also in his mid-20s, clean shaven with short black hair. Witnesses said he had a distinctive haircut with lines razored into the sides of his scalp. He was wearing a red T-shirt with lettering on it at the time of the incident.

    The woman who was with them was described only as having blond hair and wearing a white tank top.

    Friends and family of Ynfante have planned a vigil for Friday night, and have been by his side at the hospital.

    “He’s a very good person, good son, good nephew, good brother,” said his aunt, Carmen Jara. “I’m very, very sad because it’s like my son. Running the same blood, it’s like my son.”

    Anyone with information or video of the incident is asked to contact Det. Coffman at 714-738-5361.

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