Members of a rival biker gang dragged a man accused of being a Hells Angels prospect out of an Outer Mission bar and brutally beat him Tuesday night, police said.
The 31-year-old man suffered a cracked molar and hip contusion and was robbed of cash and his cellphone in the attack outside The Connection, a bar at 5740 Mission St., San Francisco police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza said.
The victim told police the assailants’ leather jackets indicated they were members of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club, the Hells Angels’ rival, police said.
The owners of the bar said they were unaware of any fight that took place Tuesday night, adding that the place hasn’t been a “biker bar” in 25 years.
The victim told police he is not a gang member and was attacked without provocation.
“Normally, bikers are friendly people,” he told police.
The accused prospect was bar-hopping and ended up at The Connection around 10 p.m.
After ordering a drink, five bikers walked up to him and, without saying a word, dragged him from the bar by the back of his collar, according to police. They beat him on the street, with one biker reaching into his pockets while another kicked him on the ground, Esparza said.
One of the suspects then said “they don’t want any Hells Angels prospects in their bar,” Esparza said.
After the beating, the victim fled on foot. He went to Kaiser Hospital in South San Francisco. His injuries were not life-threatening, police said.
By the time police arrived at the scene, the bar was closed and the bikers were gone, Esparza said.
One of the attackers was described as white man in his 30s, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a shaved head and a “650” tattoo on the back of his neck.
Mike Abdu, employee of a liquor store across the street from The Connection, said the bar clientele is rough. “Every weekend something happens,” he said, adding that a friend of his went to the bar once and ended up beaten and hospitalized.
Three months ago, members of the Hells Angels biker gang were suspected in the beating of a man after a Lauryn Hill concert at the Warfield Theatre.
In that case, one of the bikers reportedly asked the 35-year-old victim if he was a member of the Mongols, a rival gang, police said.