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UC Berkeley Police Identify 'Potential Suspect' in Assault of Conservative Activist

The University of California Police Department in Berkeley has identified a “potential suspect” in the brutal assault of a conservative activist on campus earlier this week, according to a statement put out by the university’s public affairs office.

UC Berkeley Vice Chancellor Dan Mogulof did not name the suspect in a statement to the media but said “the suspect is not a student at or affiliate of the university.”

UCPD and the university administration thanked “the many members of the campus community who came forward with useful information.”

UCPD and the university provided no further information about the potential suspect.

The UC Berkeley student who recorded the violent assault on campus Tuesday said on Fox News Friday morning that he was disappointed in the school’s “weak sauce” response to the attack.

During an interview on Fox and Friends, the student, Alexander Szarka, expressed his wish to see the suspect apprehended and prosecuted.

Szarka’s video, which went viral yesterday, shows a black-clad thug spewing obscenities and brutally assaulting Hayden Williams, a campus representative for Leadership Institute, who was manning Turning Point USA’s recruitment table. The man accused Williams of being a racist and “encouraging violence” before laying into him.

Szarka said that he noticed a verbal altercation at Williams’ table as he was walking through the area and saw it quickly escalate to a violent altercation. Some of the students reportedly objected to one of the signs at the table, which read “Hate Crime Hoaxes Hurt Real Victims,” referring to the Jussie Smollett hate crime hoax.

After the assailant flipped the table over, Sarka said he started to record.

“I was lucky enough to get the most egregious parts of the incident on camera,” he said.  The attack left Williams with a black eye and a bloody nose.

“Fox and Friends” host Brian Kilmeade was incredulous that UCPD had still not been able to track down the suspect yet.

Szarka said he couldn’t weigh in on that but slammed the school’s chancellor’s “very weak sauce,” statement, calling it “a very blanket condemnation of violence” that didn’t go into any of the specifics. The student pointed out that a previous statement from Chancellor Carol Christ regarding a campus incident “was about three times longer” and went into much greater detail.