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College student glad to be alive after vicious downtown assault

Left is a surveillance picture of a man in a burgundy shirt believed to have assaulted Westfall. To the right is a picture taken of Westfall at the hospital following the assault. Left is a surveillance picture of a man in a burgundy shirt believed to have assaulted Westfall. To the right is a picture taken of Westfall at the hospital following the assault.
Police believe the suspect above was the one wearing a burgundy button up shirt and beige pants shorts and was with two other people pictured above. Police believe the suspect above was the one wearing a burgundy button up shirt and beige pants shorts and was with two other people pictured above.
CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

A 21-year-old college student said he's glad to be alive after he was brutally beaten after bumping into a pedestrian in downtown Charleston on Aug. 25.

"I was celebrating my 21st birthday at King Street Grille and I had a little too much to drink," Dale Westfall said. "I don't have any memory of it and I just woke up in a hospital and the doctor said, 'You had trauma to your face.'"

Although Westfall didn't remember the events that transpired, Westfall's roommate, Zach Hughes, saw the whole thing.

Hughes told Charleston police investigators that Dale had left the restaurant and was walking on King Street when the assault began.

"I saw [Dale] kicking over the trash can and then I tried to tell him to calm down," Hughes said. "I guess a guy laughed, so Dale gave him a shove and the guy just went crazy and I couldn't keep him off Dale."

A police report states that the suspect attacked Westfall, hitting him several times in the face with a closed fist. At one point, authorities say when Westfall was about to fall to the ground, the suspect "soccer" kicked Westfall in the face.

"[Dale] was on the ground and he was pretty much picking himself off the ground," Hughes said."And the guy just kicks him in the head and Dale was knocked out. It was pretty bad."

Westfall was transported to MUSC where doctors wired his mouth shut.

"I am very thankful to be alive. I like to think of it as a second chance," Westfall said."I learned definitely to be smarter and not go anywhere alone and to monitor your intake of alcohol."

Police officers are still looking for the attacker.

The suspect is described as a white male, between 5'9" and 6'1", 150 to 175 pounds, 23 to 25 years old, medium build with dark in color short hair, short scruffy facial hair and wearing a burgundy button up shirt and possibly beige color khaki shorts.

If you have any information you are asked to call police or Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.

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