Update, April 15, 2018: It came to Berkeleyside’s attention that the charges in the case ultimately were dismissed, according to Alameda County court records online. The names of the arrested individuals have been removed as a result.
Original story, April 16, 2015: Three men have been charged with battery, and one with assault with a stun gun, after an attack on a former friend outside a West Berkeley music club in March, according to authorities.
According to court papers, the men assaulted a former friend outside 924 Gilman St. on March 14. Police who responded for a report of a fight found a motorcycle in the street, and the victim’s property — including a bicycle — scattered on the ground.
The victim told police one person punched and choked him while another “helped during the assault.” A 20-year-old from Berkeley reportedly joined in the assault by using a stun gun on the man’s legs.
The victim’s girlfriend confirmed his account, adding that one man kicked him twice in the stomach, and another “tazed the Victim twice,” according to court papers.
Officers said they found a pink stun gun in the Berkeley man’s pocket during a search.
Police arrested all three at around 1:15 a.m. on March 14.
Police said the victim “sustained severe facial injuries” from the beating, including a swollen nasal bridge, “large bruising” and lacerations beneath his eye.
No information was provided as to what prompted the attack.
The Alameda County district attorney’s office on March 17 charged the trio with misdemeanor battery. The Berkeley man also was charged with misdemeanor assault with a stun gun.
The men are no longer in custody, but are scheduled to return to court next Wednesday, April 22. One is scheduled for a pre-trial hearing, while the other two are set for an attorney and plea hearing.
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