SAN FRANCISCO: A Bay Area firefighter, single father, and former Marine is in the hospital with life-threatening injuries after being intentionally hit with a car following an early morning argument at a fast food restaurant. Police have described the suspect as a mixed race or Latin male, 18-24 years old, with short black hair and a manicured beard. (A Muslim? We’ll probably never know)
HUFFPO Twenty-nine-year old Albert Bartal was eating at a Richmond District Jack in the Box a little before 3am on Thanksgiving night when he got into a physical altercation with a still unidentified suspect. The two were separated by bystanders and Bartal quickly left for a nearby Shell station.
The other man also immediately exited the restaurant and got in a black, Mazda CX SUV. He followed Bartal to the gas station parking lot and rammed him with his car before fleeing the scene.
Bartal suffered traumatic brain injures as a result of the crash and was taken to San Francisco General Hospital.
“This is a horrible experience that no fireman or police officer would ever want to have to go through,” Justin Scheef , director of the San Mateo-Santa Cruz Chapter of the CDF Firefighter’s Union, told CBS San Francisco.
“The nice thing is that everyone bands together during these times and it’s one brotherhood.”
Police have described the suspect as a mixed race or Latin male, 18-24 years old, with short black hair and a manicured beard.
Once captured, the suspect will likely be charged with attempted murder and assault.
The victim is a San Francisco native who rose to the rank of sergeant during his four years in the U.S. Marine Corps. Mr Bartal spent four years in the Marine Corps, serving in Iraq and working his way up to the rank of sergeant.
He is the single father of a two-year old and has spent the past five years as a seasonal firefighter at the Santa Clara County’s Saratoga Summit Fire Station.
Once captured, he will most likely be charged with attempted murder and assault.
UPDATE: The Albert Bartal relief fund has been established C/O the San Francisco Police Credit Union. People may make donations at the SFPCU 2550 Irving Street, CA. 94122 (Account # 1379608)