Suspect in Attack of Cal Fireman Arrested

Friends of the firefighter said they are looking toward Gabriel Gifford and Bryan Stow for inspiration.

By Lori Preuitt
|  Wednesday, Nov 30, 2011  |  Updated 12:10 PM PDT
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Mother of SF Hit-and-Run Victim Speaks

This is an image of the suspect released to the media by the San Francisco police department.

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Mother of SF Hit-and-Run Victim Speaks

Turn yourself in. That's the plea tonight from the mother of a Cal Fire firefighter badly injured in a deliberate hit-and-run on Thanksgiving day. If that doesn't work, S.F.P.D. hopes surveillance video will help catch the suspect accused of slamming into firefighter Al Bartal. NBC Bay Area's Traci Grant reports in San Francisco.
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San Francisco police say they have the man responsible for critically injuring an off-duty Cal Fire firefighter Thanksgiving morning.

Eduardo Esquivel, 22, was arrested overnight in South San Francisco after being identified by a San Francisco police  officer who recognized him from Jack in the Box surveillance video footage.

Police said Esquivel ran down Albert Bartal after the two had a fight earlier in the night at a nearby restaurant.

Witnesses said Bartal walked to a nearby gas station at Ninth Avenue and Geary Boulevard following the confrontation, while Esquivel got into his car and purposely struck him.

Bartal suffered a serious head injury and remains in ICU at SF General.

Esquievel is being held on felony charges for mayhem, attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and assault with great bodily injury.

Police said they are still looking for the car involved in the crime. It is described as a black SUV possibly a Ford Edge or Mazda style CX with front end damage.

Bartal has worked for the past five years as a seasonal firefighter at Cal Fire's Saratoga Summit station in Santa Cruz County, fire Capt. Jonathan Cox told Bay City News.

A relief fund has been set up for Bartal who has a young daughter. Donations can be made to account No. 1379608 at  the San Francisco Police Credit Union.

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