University of California at Berkeley police are asking for help locating a man suspected of injuring another man at a table for a conservative student group on Upper Sproul Plaza.
Someone called police at 3:29 p.m. Tuesday to report a disturbance on the plaza. A UC Berkeley student who witnessed the attack told officers that two men had been fighting.
On the plaza, officers found an injured man who said he had been punched several times. The victim told police he was at a table for the student group Turning Point USA when two men came up to the table and started arguing.
The victim started filming the argument with his phone and apparently a fight began when one of the two men slapped the phone out of the victim's hand.
The suspect knocked over the table for Turning Point and the pair struggled over the phone. Then the suspect punched the victim several times, injuring the man's nose and eye, police said.
The suspect left the plaza before officers arrived.
On Friday, police said a possible suspect in the attack has been identified. Police said the suspect is not a student or affiliated with the university.
Police are asking anyone who has information about the case or the man in a photo released by the campus Police Department to call them at 510-642-6760.
Speaking with a local conservative in #Berkeley who put up the "Wanted" posters on campus seeking the man who punched a conservative activist here. "That's not acceptable to just attack someone like that... and if you just let it go we are on the road to dystopia" #UCBerkeleypic.twitter.com/kq9ZFQllbl
— Christopher Jewett (@sfnewsman) February 22, 2019