Teen suspect in SF bus beating pleads not guilty

Another person has pleaded not guilty to badly beating a San Francisco actor who believes he may have been jumped because he was wearing the wrong colored shoes.

Sixteen-year-old Fagamalama Pasene entered his not guilty plea to felony assault and robbery charges on Tuesday.

He is one of four people police allege assaulted 18-year-old Christopher Borgzinner in a city bus and stole his wallet and iPod.

Authorities say Borgzinner was attacked after the group asked him if the red sneakers he was wearing indicated he was part of a gang. Borgzinner had replied he was not a gang member, but police say the group assaulted him anyway.

The actor plays a gang member in “La Mission,” a new film starring Benjamin Bratt.

Pasene is being held on $200,000 bail.

Bay Area NewsLocal

Just Posted

Dominion Voting Systems, a Denver-based vendor, is under contract to supply voting machines for elections in San Francisco. (Kevin N. Hume/Examiner file)
Is San Francisco’s elections director impeding voting machine progress?

Open source technology could break up existing monopoly

The 49ers take on the Packers in Week 3 of the NFL season, before heading into a tough stretch of divisional opponents. (Courtesy San Francisco 49ers)
‘Good for Ball’ or ‘Bad for Ball’ — A Niners analysis

By Mychael Urban Special to The Examiner What’s the first thing that… Continue reading

Health experts praised Salesforce for keeping its Dreamforce conference at Moscone Center outdoors and on a small scale. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Happy birthday, Marc Benioff. Your company did the right thing

Salesforce kept Dreamforce small, which made all kinds of sense

Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, pictured with Rose Pak in 2014, says the late Chinatown activist was “helping to guide the community away from the divisions, politically.”
Willie and Rose: How an alliance for the ages shaped SF

How the Mayor and Chinatown activist shaped San Francisco, then and now

The Grove in Golden Gate Park is maintained largely by those who remember San Francisco’s 20,000 AIDS victims.<ins> (Open Eye Pictures/New York Times)</ins>
Looking at COVID through the SF prism of AIDS

AIDS took 40 years to claim 700,000 lives. COVID surpassed that number in 21 months

Most Read