RICHMOND (CBS SF) — Police arrested a 30-year-old man Friday in connection with an assault on a soccer referee during a game last month in San Francisco’s Oceanview neighborhood.

After identifying the suspect and obtaining a search warrant, officers located Gabriel Lopezalcocer at a home in the 200 block of South 23rd Street in Richmond and arrested him on suspicion of battery resulting in serious injury, according to police.

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On Feb. 21, around 10 a.m., officers responded to the Minnie and Lovie Ward Recreational Center at 650 Capitol Ave. for a report of an assault, police said.

At the time, an adult soccer league was using the field to play a game.

Police learned the referee had issued a red car to a player, causing the player to be ejected from the game.

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The player, later identified as Lopezalcocer, then allegedly ran up to the referee from behind and punched him in the side of his head, according to police.

As a result the referee suffered a broken jaw and lost several teeth. He was taken to a hospital is recuperating from his injuries.

Lopez was booked into the San Francisco County jail, police said.

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