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Man punches Pacific Beach bar manager during argument over face masks, police say

A manager at 710 Beach Club in Pacific Beach suffered a broken nose when he was punched by a patron Sept. 5.
A manager at 710 Beach Club in Pacific Beach suffered a broken nose when he was punched by a patron Sept. 5.
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A man in a group of patrons who refused to wear face masks at a Pacific Beach bar during Labor Day weekend sucker-punched a manager in an assault that was captured on video, according to the manager and police.

Bystander and surveillance videos show the assailant running up to a group scuffling in the outdoor seating area of 710 Beach Club on Garnet Avenue and throwing a single punch. The blow left the bar manager with a broken nose.

Tony Aversa told NBC7 that he greeted a man who asked to speak with a manager after the man and others he was with refused to wear masks, which are required under county health regulations unless patrons are eating or drinking.

"[The man] claimed our security guard had been rude — that was his initial complaint,” Aversa told the station. “I was like, ‘I’d be happy to talk to you about it. I just need you to put a mask on — you’re literally within inches of my face right now.’”

The man didn’t comply. Instead, he pushed a bartender, Aversa said, and a scuffle ensued. That’s when another man, in the same group, ran over and punched Aversa.

“It felt like getting hit by a brick,” Aversa recalled. “I felt my nose pop out of place.”

San Diego police said the assault happened at about 7 p.m. Sept. 5 and is under investigation. The assailant was said to be Pacific Islander, 6 feet 2 inches tall and 260 pounds, with brown curly hair. He was wearing a white T-shirt and shorts.

A GoFundMe page created on Aversa’s behalf states he has been unable to work and will need to see a specialist and undergo surgery. The page says he faces “a long road to recovery.”

The page includes the video of the attack and a picture of Aversa at a hospital with a bloody nose.


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