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Attack outside Costa Mesa nightclub leaves Marine critically injured

A Marine remained in critical condition at Western Medical Center after he and a friend were assaulted in the parking lot of Sutra Lounge in Triangle Square shopping center in Costa Mesa.

Alex Martinez, 21, was struck in the head early Sunday morning, allegedly by Mark Allen Vasquez, 24, of Pico Rivera, according to Costa Mesa police.

Martinez's head then hit the floor of the fourth-floor parking structure and he went unconscious. His friend, Victor Zavela, 21, was also hit but did not sustain serious injuries.

Martinez and Zavela had left Sutra and were waiting for someone to pick them up, according to police. A verbal dispute began with two other men, Vasquez and John Vela, 25, of Whittier.

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Comments () | Archives (4)

A couple more idiots who can't handle their alcohol.

Why don't they go fight for their country like these two Marines.

What a loser society we've become...

its sick how the papers got everything twisted first off the guy who knocked thses to guys out only ways a buck fifty soak n wet, they approached him and the his buddy so this marine was looking for trouble, sux that hes in bad condition i hope he makes it out ok but these guys werent victims

Are you proud of your country?Why?


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