BAKERSFIELD - A Bakersfield man is hospitalized after his family says he was severely beaten Wednesday morning by bouncers outside Que Pasa restaurant in The Marketplace.
The family of 23-year-old Michael Solis says he now needs brain surgery and is barely responsive.
Solis's family says the incident happened when he jumped the patio fence to help break up a fight.
His family says the fight ended near a water fountain when five bouncers ran out of Que Pasa and started kicking Solis while he was lying on the ground. He is now hospitalized in the ICU at Mercy Hospital in downtown Bakersfield.
His family would not speak with us on camera for fear of retaliation.
"He just got pretty much bulldozed by a security guard out of nowhere and the security guard was on top of him, and then after that all the other security guards jumped on him," said Solis's family member.
The incident happened just before 12:30 Wednesday morning.
Police say, so far, their investigation shows it was a fight between two groups.
But, Solis's family disagrees. They say five bouncers started kicking Solis when he was on the ground trying to help a friend.
"My cousin wasn't thrown out of the building for any altercations. So, to us it was just an act of violence," said Solis's family member.
Managers at Que Pasa say when a fight happens outside the restaurant, they call police. But, they say this incident was different. Because a Que Pasa customer got involved in the fight, managers say their bouncers felt obligated to break it up.
The family says it will seek legal action against the restaurant and its bouncers.
"Both of his eyes are swelled shut. We don't know what's going to happen after this. We don't know if he's going to have vision out of his left eye."
If you have any information on the incident, call police at 327-7111.