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Levi's Stadium Bathroom Assault Victim "Close to Death," Prosecutors Say

Bail was set Wednesday for two brothers charged in what prosecutors are calling an "unprovoked" assault prior to Sunday’s game between the 49ers and Chiefs that left two men injured, one critically.

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    Two brothers charged in an attack inside a Levi's Stadium restroom during Sunday’s San Francisco 49ers' game in Santa Clara last weekend lashed out for no good reason, prosecutors said Wednesday. Nannette Miranda reports. (Published Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014)

    Two brothers charged in an attack inside a Levi's Stadium restroom during Sunday’s San Francisco 49ers' game in Santa Clara last weekend lashed out for no good reason, prosecutors said Wednesday.

    “This was not a fight,” Deputy District Attorney Deborah Hernandez said. “This was an unprovoked and vicious attack against spectators that has left one of them close to death.”

    The alleged attack by Amador Rebollero, 27, and his brother, 34-year-old Dario Rebollero, both from the town of Traver in Tulare County, left one man injured and his cousin hospitalized in critical condition, possibly paralyzed, according to prosecutors.

    The victims have not been identified.

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    Two fans wearing San Francisco 49ers gear suspected of assaulting two men in a Levi's Stadium restroom were arrested before kickoff of Sunday's game. Marianne Favro reports. (Published Monday, Oct. 6, 2014)

    Prosecutors say the attack apparently happened when the possibly-paralyzed victim was in line in the men’s room behind Amador Rebollero and “nudged” him on the shoulder to point out an available urinal.

    A video posted on YouTube, which was confirmed by police as showing the fight in question, shows a stocky man with a goatee wearing a No. 21 Frank Gore shirt punching a thinner man in a Colin Kaepernick No. 7 shirt. The thinner man falls flat on the floor. The video camera stays with this man for a while, showing him motionless.

    The witness told police he started filming "because he could sense an attack," and then Amador Rebellero threw punches at the man without warning.

    After the assault, both defendants, who prosecutors say have gang tattoos, fled from the bathroom, but were soon tracked down and arrested by officers.

    One of the victims was treated for his injuries. The other victim required emergency brain surgery and has been unable to speak with investigators about the attack, prosecutors said Wednesday.

    The brothers were arraigned Wednesday on felony assault charges. Amador Rebollero, also known at Jose Ramos, is being held in custody on $350,000 bail. He could face 11 years in prison, if convicted. His brother’s bail was set at $75,000. He could face up to eight years in state prison, prosecutors said. Amador is charged with an additional count offelony assault producing paralysis, Hernandez said.  

    Dario's victim was treated and released after the fight but Amador's victim remains hospitalized. The two victims are cousins, according to Hernandez.

    Hernandez said she asked for a large bail figure for Amador Rebellero because his victim in the fight ended up with bleeding in his brain, had to have part of his skull surgically removed to relive brain swelling and has paralysis.

    The two are due back in court date Oct. 30.

    In a statement, the 49ers said the organization was “appalled to see the video of the attack … Maintaining the safety of all stadium guests is our highest priority and we are dedicated to providing a friendly and welcoming environment for all events held at Levi’s Stadium.”

    NBC Bay Area's Nannette Miranda and Bay City News contributed to this report.

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