Hotel attack victim struggling to survive

Raj Jain, a slight, grandfatherly 65-year-old, hadn’t been at his night clerk job at the Regency Inn for very long, but co-workers said they were impressed by his hard work and gentle manner.

Now the hotel staff is praying for Jain’s survival after authorities say two young men savagely attacked Jain on Saturday morning in a hotel room when he asked them to quiet down.

Jain is in critical condition and supported by a ventilator, Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. Authorities said Jain suffered numerous broken bones and a possible skull fracture.

Two Sacramento men, 28-year-old Vutoro Mualevu and 21-year-old Isei Tikoisuva, are behind bars in connection with the attack. Bail has been denied.

“It was a vicious, vicious beating,” Wagstaffe said. “His face was basically crushed. If he survives, he will require extensive facial reconstruction.”

Prosecutors believe the two men drove from Sacramento to attend a party inside one of the hotel rooms Friday night. After complaints from other hotel guests, authorities say Jain knocked on the door at 4:30 a.m. Saturday and asked the partygoers to stop making so much noise.

“Out of nowhere, he was hit in the face with a beer bottle. He fell to the ground bleeding and they just started kicking and punching and whaling on him,” Wagstaffe said.

Authorities believe the two men beat Jain for several minutes. Fellow partygoers did not try to stop the attack, Wagstaffe said.

San Bruno police quickly surrounded the hotel and caught both men separately within two blocks of the building.

On Wednesday, Regency Inn manager Dinesh Patel said he and the other employees were trying to make sense of the attack.

“He went through a 12-hour surgery [Tuesday]. We’re hoping he’ll pull through. I can’t imagine why someone would do that to a small guy like that,” said Patel, who said Jain stood about 5 feet 5 inches.

Tikoisuva is 6 feet 1 inch tall and 200 pounds, while Mualevu is 5 feet 9inches tall and 190 pounds, Wagstaffe said. Both men are expected to enter pleas April 8.

Each is facing one count of attempted murder, one count of aggravated mayhem, two counts of felony assault and one count of felony assault causing great bodily injury. The mayhem charge is in connection with the man’s disfigurement. If convicted of all charges, they could face 10 years to life in prison, Wagstaffe said.

San Bruno Detective Sgt. Scott Luciano said police believe there are no other suspects in the attack.

tbarak@examiner.com

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