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Reward offered in beating of 3 men in Davis

A reward is being offered for information leading to the prosecution of attackers who assaulted three young men over the weekend in Davis.

The men were walking home from a bar on Sixth Street near F Street about 1:40 a.m. Saturday when they were set upon and robbed of cellphones and wallets. An uncle of one of the victims said they never glimpsed the attackers.

The men all suffered serious injury. One of them, Eric Frydendal, 25, had to be hospitalized with a serious head injury.

One of the men is a UC Davis student and the other two were visiting him. The men, friends from when they lived in Livermore, decided to walk back to the residence of the UC Davis student.

“They were attacked with a baseball bat,” said Frydendal’s uncle, Paul Frydendal. “They can’t even say how many people attacked them because it came from behind and all three went down at the same time.”

The Frydendal family is offering a $1,000 reward for the arrest and prosecution of those who robbed and beat the young men. Anyone with information is asked to call the Davis Police Department.

“My nephew had a savage hit to the head,” said Paul Frydendal. “One of his friends has an imprint of a baseball bat on his back and the third had his face pummeled. He put up his hand and remembers getting hit on his feet and arm. Then he was out.”

Eric Frydendal, who had a head fracture and needed stitches, was released from the hospital Tuesday afternoon. The other two men were released Saturday morning.

Lt. Paul Doroshov, Davis Police Department spokesman, said detectives are investigating, but no suspects have been identified and no witnesses have come forward. Because all three men were so severely beaten, investigators believe there were multiple assailants, he said.

The crime occurred about a block north of downtown in a largely residential area, Doroshov said. Although there are incidents of people being robbed of their cellphones, the violence in such cases usually consists of a victim being shoved to the ground, he said.

“We’re treating this as a pretty serious case,” Doroshov said. “It was a pretty brutal robbery.”

He urged anyone with information to call the Police Department at 530-747-5400.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews