Man beaten unconscious outside Palo Alto bar

February 26, 2009 12:43:30 PM PST
Palo Alto police today are working to identify four men who beat another man unconscious outside a downtown restaurant early Wednesday morning, a police spokesman said.

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A group had gathered in front of Nola restaurant and bar at 535 Ramona St., which was hosting a Mardi Gras party, police Agent Dan Ryan said.

Four men began pestering a few women standing in front of the bar just before 2 a.m. and a 31-year-old Burlingame man intervened.

The man told the group to leave the women alone, and they then attacked him, Ryan said.

They kicked and punched the victim, knocking him to the ground, breaking his nose and rendering him briefly unconscious, Ryan said. The four men, who had been drinking, then fled the area and have not been arrested.

Ryan said he is not sure where the suspects had been drinking that night.

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