An altercation that started at one Danville bar and ended up outside a second drinking establishment ended with one man in the hospital and another in police custody.
Danville Police Sgt. Dan Hoffman said shortly after midnight on Sunday officers were called to the 300 block of Hartz Avenue on a report of a fight. Sgt. K.C. Wen arrived on the scene and found witnesses providing assistance to a man lying on the ground.
Witnesses told Wen and other officers the incident began at the Meenar Music Club when two men began fighting with a third. Employees of the club ejected the trio to the street where they continued their argument while walking up Hartz Avenue to Elliot's Bar.
At that point, witnesses contend, one of the pair knocked the victim, a 48-year-old San Ramon resident, to the ground. The other man, identified as Nathaniel Foster, 32, of Antioch, reportedly began stomping on the victim's head.
Hoffman said a witness reported trying to pull Foster off the victim, but retreated when Foster threatened him. The two attackers backed off the victim when the man lost consciousness.
Foster was taken into custody on a charge of felony battery. The second attacker, a Pleasanton resident, was not charged. The victim was transported by ambulance to San Ramon Regional Medical Center for treatment.
Hoffman said Foster has since been released from custody as the victim refused to cooperate with investigators in pursuing the case.