An early morning assault outside Steiner’s saloon on March 23 sent a 27-year-old Boyes Hot Springs man to Sonoma Valley Hospital with five large lacerations that Sonoma police said required between 40 and 50 stitches.
The incident occurred around 1:30 a.m. when the victim was leaving the bar and a man, later identified as 21-year-old Juan Chavarria, allegedly hit him over the head with a glass bottle.
The victim fell to the ground outside the saloon and three to four men then began kicking him in the head.
A crowd estimated at close to 150 people inside and outside the establishment was present when the assault took place, and some pointed out the assailants as they attempted to escape through the Plaza.
Four police officers responded to the event, and found the victim lying on the ground in a pool of blood. One of the officers spotted two men in black sweatshirts walking away across the Plaza and ordered them to stop and lie down; one did, the other, whom the officer recognized as Chavarria, kept walking.