- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 6, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Police have issued arrest warrants for two men accused of attacking members of a Yale University singing group.

Richard Aicardi and Brian Dwyer were charged Monday with assaulting two members of the 16-member Baker’s Dozen a cappella group outside a New Year’s Eve party in San Francisco. Witnesses at the time said the trouble started after the vocalists sang “The Star Spangled Banner.”

Evan Gogel, one of the two most seriously injured chorus members, sustained a concussion when he was kicked repeatedly while he was on the ground, police said. Mr. Aicardi also was charged with punching another singer as he tried to get away.

“This was a cowardly attack on defenseless victims,” prosecutor Kamala Harris said.

Mr. Aicardi was charged with two counts of felony assault by means of force and one count of battery, charges that carry a maximum penalty of eight years in prison. Mr. Dwyer, who was charged with one count of assault and one count of battery, faces a maximum prison sentence of seven years if convicted, Miss Harris said.


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