WATCH: Police search for suspect who knocked out man in San Marcos

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A man punched in the head outside a San Marcos bar earlier this month has severe head trauma, according to the San Marcos Police Department.

The department is asking for the public’s help identifying the man who punched the victim outside Hive, a bar and dance club at 100 W. Hopkins St., across from the Hays County Courthouse, on Saturday, March 10 around 12:54 a.m.

Police say the victim was knocked unconscious when his head hit the ground. Surveillance video released by the police department on Facebook shows a group approach the club and wait in line for their IDs to be checked by the bouncer.

The man who ends up knocked out on the ground appears to touch the back of the suspect’s head. The suspect then turns around and punches him. The victim’s friend is then seen hitting the suspect and the two get into a fight that continues off-camera.

People who live and work in the area say, unfortunately, fights are becoming more common near the Square in San Marcos, as the city grows.

“You see anything and everything. It’s the nightlife,” said Daniel Quackenbush, who bartends and works security in the area.

Chase Dawson, who manages at the bar next door to The Hive, says he heard all of the commotion right after the assault. 

“We saw him getting put on a stretcher,” Dawson said of the man who was punched, “and knew that it was pretty serious.”

Dawson says fights like the one on March 10 are out of the norm. He says the Square in San Marcos is well-policed.

“There’s usually, you know, five or six patrol officers on the Square on the weekends, when it’s very busy, keeping things under control.”

Dawson says investigators have been questioning people who work in the area, and he’s confident they’ll find the person who hurt the victim.

“I just hope he’s OK,” Dawson told KXAN.

Meanwhile, Quackenbush says he worries as San Marcos keeps growing, and the downtown area becomes more of a destination, scenes like this could become more common.

“Over the last just five years you see it just blow up, every, new bars new restaurants new hotels new apartment complexes,” Quackenbush said. “It brings in a lot of people from different areas, out of town.”

Anyone with information on the suspect or the assault is asked to call Detective Aubry at 512-753-2108 or by emailing paubry@sanmarcostx.gov.

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