The Santa Monica Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a suspect wanted in connection with an assault at the Zanzibar nightclub in February that left a man with serious injuries.
The incident occurred at about 11:50 p.m. Feb. 22 at the nightclub at 1301 Fifth St., where an active duty United States Marine was dancing on the dance floor and was attacked without provocation, Sgt. Richard Lewis said.
The suspect allegedly punched the victim in the face, causing him to lose consciousness for approximately 10 to 15 minutes, Lewis said. When the victim’s friend stepped between the suspect and the victim, the suspect allegedly assaulted him before fleeing southbound on Fifth Street and out of sight, Lewis said.
The Marine, who sustained major injuries to his head and face, was transported to a local hospital and has subsequently undergone several surgeries in an attempt to repair the damage, Lewis said.
The suspect is described as a Hispanic or white man, mid to late 30s, 6-foot to 6-foot-3, weighing 230-270 pounds, with a shaved head, a mustache and goatee, police said. On the night of the assault the suspect was wearing a black and white striped shirt and dark jeans.
The suspect was accompanied by a Hispanic or Asian woman, 28 to 32 years old, 5-foot-2 to 5-foot-4, with a medium build, wearing a gold colored shirt, police said.
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Det. Karen Thompson at (310) 458-8946, Sgt. Darrick Jacob at (310) 458-8460, or the Santa Monica Police Department (24 hours) at (310) 458-8495.