Information about suspect who threw fatal punch sought

The Sheriff’s Department sought the public’s help Friday to identify the person who threw a fatal punch during a drunken brawl in Cardiff that involved several military men.

At around 2 a.m. Feb. 27, two groups of men exited Yogi’s Beach Bar and Restaurant on South Coast Highway 101 after consuming several alcoholic drinks, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

While returning to their vehicles, a fight broke out between the two groups — which included several military men — in front of Ki’s Restaurant, also on South Coast Highway 101, sheriff’s authorities said.

Marine Sgt. Thomas Elliot was punched in the face and knocked unconscious, causing the 24-year-old New Yorker to fall to the ground and hit his head on the pavement, according to authorities.

Paramedics flew Elliot to an area hospital, where he was in a coma and kept on life support until March 5, authorities said, adding he died shortly after being taken off life support.

San Diego County Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest. Tipsters can remain anonymous.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

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