Watch San Joaquin County supervisor trade blows with man on Stockton street
Surveillance video released Wednesday by the Stockton Police Department shows a Feb. 2 incident in which San Joaquin County Supervisor Tom Patti and an unknown man trading punches in the street outside a bar on California Street.
Patti, 54, said he was coming to the aid of a 20-year-old woman in the sedan who was being beaten by the unknown man, according to The Record newspaper. Police released the video so it might help someone identify the man.
Officer Joe Silva, a police spokesman, told The Record on Wednesday that the man in the video in the white shirt is Patti.
The Stockton Record, which obtained the police incident report through a public records request, reported Patti's account of the incident.
In an interview after the fight, Patti told Fox40, "I'm a little roughed up," as he wore sunglasses to hide a bruised and swollen eye. "Broken eye socket and broken nose at this point," he said.
The video released Wednesday via the Stockton Police Department's Facebook page shows the supervisor connecting with his first two punches. But his taller opponent soon begins swinging and connecting, too. After about 20 seconds, the two men separate and Patti walks back to his car.
“A car pulled up right next to me, screeching to a halt and I looked over and there was, of course drawing my attention, there was a girl that was driving that was just getting beat up," Patti told Fox40 in the interview. He said he then confronted one of the attackers.
“I can confirm that (Patti) is the victim in this incident,” Silva told The Record on Wednesday. “This is still an open investigation.”
If you have any information about this case, police ask you to contact Detective Stephens at 209-937-8323 or Stockton Crime Stoppers Inc.at 209-946-0600. Witnesses may also text information from their cell phones to "Crimes" (274637) and type the keyword TIPSPD. Tips can also be submitted through Stockton Police Department’s Facebook page by clicking "Submit A Tip."
Tipsters may also send tips on the Stockton police mobile phone app. Tipsters can remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward up to $10,000.