San Joaquin County supervisor beaten while trying to protect assault victim
IN STOCKTON, DANA GRIFFIN, KCRA
“Somebody comes to a screeching halt right next to me, and there’s a guy, a really big guy, in the back seat and he just starts punching the heck out of this poor gal,” Patti said.
“He was being aggressive, and I knew what was coming. So, I threw a punch to keep him off and defend myself because of his aggression,” he said. “He was like, ‘What are you gonna do?’ challenging me and I’m trying to create separation for her to get away.”
Patti said “they scuffled.” When he came to, everyone was gone.
“I got hit pretty bad,” he said. “I got multiple fractures to my face and my nose, but I’m going to heal. It’s fine.”
Patti said he got cleaned up at his friend’s house and then called police.
Patti is also on the board of directors for CrimeStoppers. He said the right thing to do in this situation is call police. He said despite the injuries, he would not have changed a thing.
“I was just glad I was able to help this girl, at this moment, in this point in time,” Patti said. “She was in a bad situation.”
Stockton police are investigating. An officer confirmed that the woman has not come forward and has not filed a police report.
Patti plans to be at work Tuesday morning for a scheduled Board of Supervisor’s meeting. He said he’ll likely put on a little makeup to cover the bruises.