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Friday, January 10, 2014

Joe Hernandez: Cops Make Arrest in Fatal Beating of UCSF Medical Student

Posted By on Fri, Jan 10, 2014 at 4:55 PM

click to enlarge Dung Minh Nguyen - SFPD
  • SFPD
  • Dung Minh Nguyen

On Thursday, police arrested 36-year-old Dung Minh Nguyen on suspicion of beating to death 30-year-old Joe Olivares Hernandez, a UCSF medical student. The arrest comes three years to the day that Hernandez was attacked.

Hernandez was out with a classmate at Temple Nightclub on the night of Jan. 9, 2011 when he was attacked by a man he didn't even know. Hernandez, who was described as a non-violent, religious man, was beaten and knocked into a coma; he was declared brain-dead and a few days after the beating, he died.

Police used surveillance video from the club to help track down Nguyen, a Richmond resident. He was arrested yesterday and booked on the following charges: voluntary manslaughter, assault with a deadly weapon, battery causing serious bodily injury and battery.

  • Courtesy of Hernandez's family
  • Joe ("Joey" Hernandez

Hernandez was a fourth-year medical student and had volunteered as a disaster relief worker after Hurricane Katrina. He learned Spanish so he could work with refugees in Guadalajara,Mexico, and as a teenager, he worked as an unpaid hospital volunteer, according to authorities.

"What we've been told is that he was retreating, he was trying to get away while he was being attacked," his sister Tonia Baca, told SF Weekly after the attack. "It was not a brawl, he was attacked -- he was a completely innocent person."

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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