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BY JASON KOTOWSKI Californian staff writer firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions abound as to who is responsible for sending a restaurant patron to the hospital with a fractured skull and eye socket following a fight at The Marketplace in southwest Bakersfield.
The family of Michael Solis allege security guards at Que Pasa Mexican Cafe are responsible for his injuries. Bakersfield police say bouncers were involved in the incident, but the investigation is ongoing and the only arrest so far has been for public intoxication.
Solis has been released from Mercy Hospital and traveled with his mother to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Wednesday to discuss options in repairing his facial injuries. The Solis family has retained attorney Daniel Rodriguez, who said in addition to the fractured skull and eye socket, Solis has a badly disfigured nose as a result of the beating.
Rodriguez said Solis and a couple of friends went to Que Pasa late on Aug. 28. While there, Solis saw another friend he hadn't been in touch with for a while.
Later, Solis saw that friend involved in a fight, and he rushed over to break it up, according to Rodriguez.
"While trying to do this he gets jumped by two or three bouncers," Rodriguez said. "The last thing he remembers is being rushed by a bouncer before losing consciousness."
Rodriguez said the fight took place outside of Que Pasa, and the security guards at the establishment had no right to lay their hands on his client.
A manager at Que Pasa declined to comment Wednesday.
Bakersfield police spokeswoman Michaela Sims said police responded to Que Pasa at 12:20 a.m regarding a fight in progress. Some of those involved in the fight had left by the time officers arrived.
Sims said the fight appeared to involve two groups of people, as well as bouncers. One person was treated for injuries at the scene, and police later learned another person -- apparently Solis -- had been taken to a hospital.
Sims said the man in the hospital has been interviewed and said he doesn't know who hit him. The investigation is ongoing.
Rodriguez said he's identified at least four witnesses to the fight and he's trying to find video that shows what happened.
"We have reason to believe that at least one person took video of the actual beating," he said.
Anyone with information on the incident was asked to call the Bakersfield Police Department at 327-7111.