​For release on September 22, 2015  CONTACT:
Carolyn Malinsky
Deputy District Attorney
Central Felonies Unit
Three men were charged today with felony assault for their attack on a Minnesota Vikings fan after a recent home game at Levi’s Stadium.
The attack, during which the victim was repeatedly punched and kicked in the head even as he lay unconscious, was captured on a cell phone video. The video, which quickly went viral, and ticketing information helped police quickly identify the defendants.
Eric Martinez, 30, of San Jose, Felix Chavira Sr., 32, and Juan Arias, 33, both of Hollister, are charged with assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury. Martinez and Chavira are alleged to have personally inflicted great bodily injury on the victim. Arias faces an additional charge of Misdemeanor Battery on an 18-year-old security guard.
Martinez, who has been in custody, will be arraigned today at 1:30 p.m. in the Hall of Justice in San Jose. Arias and Chavira, who have bailed out, are scheduled to be arraigned on November 17, 2015. If convicted, Martinez and Chavira could face up to 7 years in prison. Arias could face up to 4 years.
“This is not a case revolving around football rivalry, it is a case of senseless and criminal violence,” prosecutor Carolyn Malinsky said. “It is a true credit to the Santa Clara Police Department that they so quickly identified and arrested the attackers.”
On September 14, around 10:20 p.m. the 35-year-old victim was exiting the stadium at the end of a Monday Night Football game. During a round of dueling sports banter, the victim was tackled and then assaulted by the suspects. The attack continued despite the efforts of a security guard, who was assaulted as well.   The victim, who sought medical care, was later diagnosed with a concussion.   ###

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