A MAGA hat near blood on the sidewalk outside the Church of 8 Wheels on Friday, March 29, 2019 (Courtesy David Miles).

A MAGA hat near blood on the sidewalk outside the Church of 8 Wheels on Friday, March 29, 2019 (Courtesy David Miles).

MAGA-hat wearing suspect who allegedly slashed man with sword arrested

Leor Bergland, 30, has been booked on suspicion of attempted murder

A suspect has been arrested for allegedly slashing a man with a sword while wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat outside a roller rink in San Francisco over the weekend, police said Thursday.

Leor Bergland, a 30-year-old San Francisco resident, has been booked on suspicion of various charges in connection with the Friday night sword attack outside the Church of 8 Wheels in the Western Addition.

Bergland was inside a restaurant in the Tenderloin when police conducting surveillance near Eddy and Larkin streets arrested him Wednesday at around 9:18 p.m., according to police.

Bergland allegedly cut the man’s hand with the sword after the victim swatted the MAGA hat off the suspect’s head near Fillmore and Oak streets at around 9:50 p.m., according to police. Police said the victim and a witness chased the suspect until “he turned and began advancing towards them.”

The pursuit left a trail of blood outside the Church of 8 Wheels. Photos of the scene, including shots of the MAGA hat on the ground near a pool of blood, went viral on the internet.

The victim, a 27-year-old man from Berkeley, was taken to the hospital with a severe cut to his left hand and has since been released, according to police. Police previously said the victim’s hand was partially severed.

Bergland was booked into County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder, mayhem, aggravated assault, carrying a concealed dirk or dagger and brandishing a weapon.

Jail records show he is being held on $1 million bail.

mbarba@sfexaminer.com

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