Attackers still on the loose

Two 49ers fans suspected in the sucker-punching of a Seattle Seahawks fan in September have yet to be found and police are asking the public to help.

Keith Gustin, a 40-year-old network operation supervisor from Puyallup, Wash., sustained a fractured bone above his lip and a missing tooth in what he says was an unprovoked attack by a Niners fan after a Sept. 20 game at Candlestick Park. The attack happened about 3:30 a.m. outside the Denny’s at 495 Beach St.

The men were caught on a surveillance camera at the Holiday Inn where the Denny’s is located, according to Inspector Narda Gillespie, who is investigating the crime. Police have also released two composite sketches of the men.

Gustin is more than just a fan. He attended his first game more than three decades ago and has since earned the nickname “Rooster” for the white-and-blue mask he wears to home games, complete with Mardi Gras beads and jersey.

After the game, Gustin ran into the suspects at a Fisherman’s Wharf bar, where he says the two men were cut off from alcohol. Gustin then went to a nearby Denny’s for coffee. Wearing a Seahawks visor, he went out for a smoke with another Seattle fan and the same two approached him and punched him in the face.

Police hope someone will recognize the men and call the department’s anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444.
The man suspected of punching Gustin is described as a white man between 30 and 35 years old, 6 feet 2 inches, 190 pounds and having a slight beard. He was wearing a white T-shirt and shorts at the time of the attack.

His friend was wearing a black baseball hat and sunglasses, a dark tank top and had a tattoo on his right shoulder. He is described as a white male between 30 and 40 years old, 5 feet 10 inches and 220 pounds.

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