The father of the 23-year-old man punched in the head outside a San Marcos bar earlier this month says his son has months of therapy and recovery ahead of him.
San Marcos police released a video Thursday showing a man punch another man who then falls unconscious to the ground.
“I can’t imagine anything more difficult than seeing your son knocked out and unconscious on the pavement,” the victim’s father, Barry Pyle, said.
On March 10, Pyle’s son, Peyton, was in San Marcos celebrating a friend’s birthday. They were making their way to a few bars on the Square when they approached The Hive. In surveillance video, Peyton walks across the road with a few strangers.
“They never saw these individuals, they never encountered them, my son knows none of them, his friends have never seen or met them,” said Pyle.
Little did his son know, those strangers would dramatically change his life. “Shortly after they got in line, the individual turned around and assaulted our son,” said Pyle.
Peyton was in the intensive care unit for 9 days, sufferered from a brain hemorrhage, had trouble talking and lost all hearing in his right ear. His father says he’s beginning to recover but will still need speech therapy.
Peyton, a recent graduate of Texas State University with a business degree, just started a new job in Austin, his father says. It was clear he had a lot going for him, but Pyle says that’s all on hold due to a decision made in a split second.
“That’s aggravated assault, clearly. I don’t know what my son said, and I don’t know what he did when he reached up to touch the individual, but you can see that it clearly didn’t justify that.”
As Peyton recovers, Pyle’s family is pleading with the community to watch the video, and if you recognize anyone, to contact the San Marcos Police Department by calling Detective Aubry at 512-753-2108 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Somebody in the San Marcos community, in the school system there knows these individuals. You may not recognize the person who hit my son, but I have a suspicion you’re going to recognize one of the friends and I think that is going to help us identify the individual,” said Pyle.
The San Marcos Police Department says it only has one officer assigned to the downtown square at all times. It says after this incident it is looking at other ways to add officers in that area.