Monday Mar 26 2012
Rocklin man in critical condition after altercation at the Galleria
By: ToLewis, The Press Tribune
An 18-year-old Rocklin man remains hospitalized in a coma after an altercation Friday night in a parking lot at the Westfield Galleria at Roseville. According to Roseville police, a fight broke out between two men in the parking lot near the Sears Auto Center around 11 p.m. One of the men, a 25-year-old Roseville man, punched the other man, who fell backwards and struck his head, according to Sgt. Darin DeFreece, of the Roseville Police Department. The names of the men involved in the incident have not been released by police. However, Fox 40 in Sacramento reported that one of the men is 18-year-old Tyler Jurickovich, who is an employee of Pluto’s Restaurant at the Galleria. Pluto’s manager George Gomez verified that Jurickovich was the one who was attacked in the incident. Gomez said he did not know much about the incident, but said the other man involved was not an employee of the restaurant. DeFreece said that police do not yet know who is the victim and who is a suspect in this case, since Jurickovich is unable to talk to detectives. He said the 25-year-old male alleged that Jurickovich was “stealing things from him.” DeFreece said Jurickovich was discovered by mall security, who in turn notified police. The other man involved fled the scene and notified police 40 minutes later, he said. DeFreece said police are investigating witness statements and surveillance footage to determine what happened. “We’re giving everyone the benefit of the doubt, including the one who was knocked unconscious,” he said. “We’re not going to call him a victim or a suspect until we know more about what happened.” Police do not know if the two men were acquainted and no one has been arrested or charged in the incident. “We’re going to let the investigation lead to its natural conclusion,” DeFreece said. “We’re not to the point where we would do anything until we have all the facts.” Toby Lewis can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @TobyLewis_RsvPT.